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Parking Near Terminals May Resume At RDU

Posted September 26, 2001 10:30 a.m. EDT

— Visitors to

Raleigh-Durham International Airport

may soon be allowed to park near the terminals again, though under closer scrutiny by airport security.

Airport officials are developing a security plan that would allow them to reopen more than 1,700 prime parking spaces near the terminals. The plan must satisfy the Federal Aviation Administration, which ordered airports nationwide to ban parking within 300 feet of terminals in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist hijackings.

The security plan would include some way of inspecting cars that park in surface lots in front of Terminal A and part of the Terminal C garage. Those spaces have been closed since the hijackings.

Parking was scarce at RDU before the hijackings, but has not been a problem since, with the closing of Midway Airlines and the overall drop in air travel. Last week, the airport was able to close two of its four park and ride lots to save money.