By: Oklahoma City Dept. of Airports
Drivers coming to Will Rogers World Airport should be aware that they risk receiving a ticket if they park, wait or leave their car unattended in the "no parking" areas in front of the terminal building. Airport police and airport security are increasing enforcement of the parking rules at the pickup and drop off lanes. Airport officials say that drivers increasingly ignore signs posted in the area.
The curbside lanes in front of the terminal building are designated for active loading and unloading, meaning if persons are not at the curbside ready to get in or out of the vehicle, the driver may be issued a ticket. When drivers park in these lanes, traffic congestion can occur quickly, creating a security and safety risk. Also, vehicles left unattended will be ticketed and potentially towed.
This is not a new rule at the airport. Since 9/11, leaving a car unattended or waiting in front of the terminal has been prohibited. More and more drivers are parking in front of the building to wait on their passengers or leaving their vehicle to go inside. Not only is it prohibited, but it prevents other drivers from getting to the curb to pick up or drop off their passengers. Too often it causes people to have to load or unload in active drive lanes.
The airport encourages people to take advantage of the hourly parking garage where stays less than an hour are free, or in the cell phone lot (just north of the air traffic control tower on SW 67th St.). If using the cell phone lot, drivers should always wait until their passenger calls from the curb to go to the terminal. Do not pull up to the curb when the plane lands, especially if your passenger needs to pick up baggage from their airline. Wait until your passenger has picked up their bag and is ready for immediate loading when you arrive.