Panel wants short-term airport parking limit extended

Creating a new management position at Idaho Falls Regional Airport and extending the time limit for short-term airport parking are among recommendations that will be presented to the Idaho Falls City Council on Monday.

Those recommendations are contained in a

report by the Airport Citizen Review Committee. The report will be presented at a 3 p.m. council work session at the

City Annex building, 680 Park Ave.

For the past four months, committee members have been discussing ways to improve budgets, efficiency and overall service at the airport.

“One of the big things we’re recommending is creating a new position of airport operations manager, who will handle a lot of the day-to-day operations of running the airport. Having that position will really help things run better,” Review Committee Chairman Paul Menser said Friday.

The committee also discussed extending the time limit for short-term airport parking.

“Right now, the short-term parking limit is 20 minutes and with how long it takes to get off the plane (and) go through baggage claim, 20 minutes isn’t long enough,” Menser said. “So the committee is going to be recommending the time limit be extended.”

Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper believes the committee’s recommendations will prove beneficial.

“What we anticipate from this presentation is that the report’s findings will serve as a catalyst for a larger, healthy discussion with individuals from the aviation industry,” Casper said in the release.

The airport review committee is one of four citizen committees Casper created in January. The other committees are examining operations at the Idaho Falls Public Library, Municipal Services and Planning and Zoning.