Valet parking service begins at the airport

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has begun valet parking service in the Central Terminal Area.
The valet parking lot is across from Terminal 4 on the lower/arrivals level at LAX.
The valet parking service, which began Wednesday, May 10th, serves Terminal 4 (American Airlines and American Eagle), Terminal 5 (Delta, China Southern and Aeromexico airlines) and the more than 35 airlines in the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

The daily rate in the valet parking lot is $38, which includes the regular $30 daily parking fee charged for Central Terminal Area parking and an $8 daily valet service fee.

Vehicles may park in the valet lot for up to 30 days.

Upon the passengers' return to LAX, valet parking lot attendants retrieve the vehicles — or passengers can call the valet service upon landing at LAX and their vehicles will be waiting for them when they arrive at the lot.

Customers pay the valet attendant directly, eliminating the need to wait in parking structure exit lanes to pay parking fees. Cash and major credit cards are accepted for payment.

"Many travelers who regularly park in the Central Terminal Area parking structures want greater convenience and service when they travel through LAX," said Lydia Kennard, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that owns and operates LAX and three other Southern California airports.

"The valet service is one of a number of near-term initiatives currently under way to increase customer satisfaction at LAX," Kennard said.

In order to encourage the use of zero- and lower-emission vehicles, airport officials are waiving the daily valet service fee for drivers of vehicles displaying a state-issued sticker allowing the use of high occupancy vehicle (carpool) lanes.

Drivers of these low-emission vehicles can park in the valet lot for just the $30 daily parking rate. No valet service fee will be charged to those drivers.

Owners of electric vehicles may still park and charge their vehicles free at electric charging stations in Parking Structures 1 and 6.

The new valet service is operating as a pilot program that could be expanded to parking areas serving other terminals, airport officials said.

Airport officials are also studying the feasibility of adding other services, including airline skycap service and issuing boarding passes at the valet parking lot.

Last year, more than seven million vehicles parked in the Central Terminal Area parking structures, airport officials said.

Airport officials said they believe that a portion of those drivers will pay extra for the convenience of having their vehicles close to the terminals and avoiding the wait in the exit payment lanes at the other parking facilities.
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