- By Holly Shively Staff Writer
Park-N-Go Airport Parking near the Dayton International Airport will expand its operations this summer.
The parking services company will move its valet service to a new nine-acre location at 2700 W. National Road in Vandalia, slightly closer to the main gate of the airport than its current location at 1140 W. National Road. The new location will open Aug. 1.
Some services, including the self-park lot will remain at the current location until next summer, when a $700,000 paving project can be completed. The company is investing $75,000 in new equipment and renovation of the current self-park lot.
This is the second summer in a row Park-N-Go has made big moves, said owner Brian West, and he plans to continue the momentum next year as well.
Last year, Park-N-Go bought its competitor Westwind Airport Valet, and West sees this summer’s move as a way to give previous Westwind customers some of the services they were used to, such as indoor parking. Now West’s only competition is the airport parking.
Park-N-Go’s new location will have over 400 parking spaces, including three to four indoors, which isn’t something currently offered by the company. If demand calls for it, West plans to expand indoor parking and covered parking next summer.
“We view Parking at Park-N-Go as kind of like getting a free upgrade on your flight,” West said.
At two different price points, customers can choose to find a parking space and ride the 24/7 shuttle four minutes to the airport. Or they can upgrade to valet parking, where one of 32 employees will check the customers in so they can get straight on the shuttle without searching for a parking spot.
With the valet option, Park-N-Go offers free warm-up and snow removal in the winter in addition to paid add-ons such as oil changes, car washes and detailing.
The new location will have a covered valet check in and a larger wash basin for car washes. Only half of the nine acres is currently being used for parking and the 3,200-square-foot facility. West hopes to expand to use the rest of the property next summer.
“This new location will allow us to do an even better job delivering that upgraded parking experience, with a covered check-in and loading area and faster service to the airport,” West said. “Our upgraded lobby will feel like a hotel lobby or club with free coffee, bottled water and USA Today.”
With over 40,000 transactions last year, West isn’t worried about the decline in parking revenue many airports are facing as ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft become more prevalent. Park-N-Go hasn’t seen an impact from the apps, he said.
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