Rising Airport Costs
I was out of town this weekend my love of travelling nearly dashed. I flew out of Detroit Metropolitan Airport as I have many a time, but this time I was met with some outrageous prices. Booking my ticket online was painful enough but understandable given inflated fuel costs. Then realizing that I had to pay to check my luggage was some more salt in the wound. I would have been able to take my backpack if not for the 3-1-1 rule of airborne liquids. I know next time to just take my glasses and buy contact lens solution at my final destination given that checking one bag each way put me back $30 on Northwest. Driving is usually the easiest method to get to the airport. The bus is the cheapest, and not unpleasant in the least if you have an hour and a half to get downtown. As I was driving towards the airport my blood was boiling. The Blue Deck is now proudly advertised at the reasonable $10.00/day and boasts the advantage of being a covered lot. However, all other parking lots on the airport campus are also charging $10.00 per day. Where is the value? Also, only three years ago the price was $6 and it has been slowly creeping up dollar by dollar. Not understandable. How does the price of fuel affect a parking structure? Fine, I suppose some expenses go up to operate the shuttles. Either way, it seems that air travel will soon only be reserved for the rich so I had better get all my travelling in now or get rich really soon to maintain my habit.