NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A longtime battle between off-site airport parking lots and the Nashville International Airport is heating up this week.
Off-airport parking lots pay a $5.50 fee per shuttle when picking up customers. Hotel shuttles only pay $1.30.
Executive Travel and Parking is one of five parking lot businesses that pay fees to the airport.
David Hornsby, owner of the lot, told News 2 the fee is unfair.
“We have had three price increases that total 18,253 percent,” he said.
The cost is passed on to customers and many are locals, Hornsby explained.
“You’re charging the locals 22 times more than you are charging the out of state visitors,” Hornsby explained.
Airport officials argue hotel shuttles are a different class of operators, while off-airport parking companies exist solely because of the airport.
“We think it’s a fairly lame argument to say the hotels would still be here and doing just fine without the airport,” said Hornsby.
A spokesperson for the airport told News 2 the lots have paid well below industry standards for years and that they are required to charge user fees.
Hornsby said otherwise, saying, “Hotels and taxis are paying about half the national average and we are actually paying 30 to 50 percent more than national averages.
He also said he wants equality for the shuttles and a long-term solution.
Parking lot owners and airport officials are holding a meeting Monday to negotiate a solution.
And on Wednesday, a public hearing is scheduled for the state legislature to consider a bill that would require all shuttles to pay the same fee.