The Bob Hope Airport Authority voted unanimously to go with a new parking contractor, agreeing with a staff report stating Standard Parking would provide better service, but the decision may reduce staffing levels.
Airport staff pointed out at an authority meeting Monday that the current contractor, Central Parking, has kept its staffing levels constant — and even increased slightly — while the number of passengers using parking services has dwindled.
Central has been locked in a contentious battle for the contract since August, questioning budget figures in a proposal drafted by its main competitor – Standard.
Parking revenue is the largest non-airline funding source for the airport, generating $19.8 million last fiscal year, according to Tom Janowitz, manager of landside operations at the airport.
Arguing to keep the contract, Stephen McCormick, Central’s vice president of its airport division, said his company has come in under budget every year for the past decade.