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Augusta Regional Airport is preparing for an increase of visitors during Masters week, April 5-11.

Airport officials say they will implement temporary parking measures for “for hire” commercial ground vehicle operators that week.  Commercial ground vehicle operators will pull a ticket and enter the Airport’s Hourly Parking Lot instead of parking adjacent to the terminal curbside or other locations.  Once in the hourly lot, commercial vehicle operators will utilize the designated spaces closest to the Airline Terminal building to park and wait for passengers.

For hire commercial ground vehicle operators are defined as those that enter the property for the sole purpose of picking up passengers.  Examples include taxis, limousines, hotel/motel shuttle services, and hospitality transportation services.

The fee will be $2 per trip, regardless of time spent in the lot.

Airport officials say the system will enhance safety and security, provide better traffic flow, and reduce congestion on the front curb.