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DIA closes East Economy parking to open other shuttle lots

The airport said this is in response to the influx of travelers they expect to see this holiday season and driver shortages.

DENVER — The East Economy lot closes on Nov. 19 at the Denver International Airpot (DIA) to open the Pikes Peak lot, which has not permanently opened for months due to staffing shortages. 

>> Video above: DIA making changes to security lines, reopening shuttle lot on weekends

"As we prepare for an increase of passenger traffic during the holidays, we have made some adjustments to open the shuttle lots despite still facing a shortage in bus drivers. By doing so, we will have more parking spaces available during the holidays at a more cost-effective price point," said DIA CEO Phil Washington.

There is only one entrance to Pikes Peak lot, at 75th Avenue and North Elk Street. From inbound Peña Boulevard, exit at 75th Avenue, head east to North Elk Street and take a right. DIA said the west gateway is closed for construction. 

Departing passengers are asked to give themselves 45 minutes to get to the terminal from Pikes Peak lot, and DIA said arrivals should pick up the shuttle from Level 5 on the east side only, island three near door 511. 

Travelers can expect to pay $8 a day, said DIA continuing through Jan. 6, 2022. 

DIA said the East Economy lot would close to incoming vehicles on Monday, Nov. 15, at 12.01 a.m. This will allow DIA to move shuttles from that lot over to the Pikes Peak lot.

Reserved garage parking areas and DIA's valet parking is still closed; DIA said they recommend passengers use the RTD A-line. 

DIA said they've also increased security around their public parking areas due to increased vehicle theft and for the holidays. 

They ask travelers to follow these tips, 

  • Always lock your car, roll up the windows and take your keys with you.
  • Remove valuables or spare keys from your vehicle.
  • Never leave the car running unattended, even for a short period.
  • Park in well-lit and/or busy areas when possible.
  • Use an alarm system and/or steering wheel lock device.

Passengers are strongly encouraged to check the status of the parking lots on the homepage of FlyDenver.com, said DIA. Several off-airport parking lots may be available and are a good alternative.

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