MIAMI (CBSMiami) – If you travel from Miami International Airport, or park to meet passengers there, you know it had always been far more expensive to use short term parking. That’s done, but at the cost of a small increase in the airport’s daily parking rates.

Short Term Parking had cost up to $30 daily, while longer term parking in an airport garage topped out at $15 daily. As of Saturday, MIA had raised the garage parking rate $2 to a maximum of $17 for 24 hours, and eliminated the extra charge for short term parking altogether. Now, wherever you park on airport property, you will pay $2 for 20 minutes, reaching the max at just under 3 hours.

Airport officials say this is the first rate increase at MIA in approximately five years.

“With the opening of new terminal facilities for international arrival passengers, all 8,059 of our parking spaces are now considered premium parking spaces depending on your airline,” said MIA’s Miguel Southwell in a statement.  “The rates have therefore been simplified to reflect this change.”

If you don’t want to worry about finding a parking space, MIA does offer valet parking, but charges a dollar more than the 24 hour rate for up to 3 hours, and $30 for a full day. Off-site parking is available for about half MIA’s new onsite charges.

Comments (2)
  1. Yapas says:

    That a shame !! How do you want to pick-up some one to the arrival and be back in 20 min !!
    Now we have to pay $4 each time, because we always go after 20 min …. before, we had to pay only $2.5 because 30min were enough ….. do you know that most of the European Airport have the first 30 min free ?!!!

  2. Tim Robinson says:

    The article is not true. I just went to MIA. I parked in the “short term lot” for one hour and it wsa $12. That is abusive! Now people will try to park illegally along the side of the road or in other place (the cell phone lot is hard to get to) and sooner or later there will be an accident.

    Well done!