Spokesman staff report

Redmond Municipal Airport announced an increase in daily parking rates.

The maximum daily rate is scheduled to increase to $15 from the current $10 on Jan. 1, and drivers will have to pay for the seventh consecutive day parked, a fee that had been waived or discounted, according to an airport news release.

The airport attributes the need for the increase on record passenger growth, with its 1,150 space lot reaching capacity several times, the release said. Daily passenger count at RDM has increased from 1,400 in 2013 to an estimated 2,500 this year.

The airport says the rate increase will allow for capital improvements, including an additional 300 spaces in the parking lot.

The news release says the increased rates compare favorably to similar-sized airports in Medford ($15 per day) and Eugene ($14 per day), but both those airports appear to offer lower-cost parking for people who want to take a shuttle or walk farther, an option that isn’t currently available in Redmond.

According to its website, Eugene Airport charges $14 daily for short-term parking, but has a $12 long-term lot and a $10 economy lot, located across the street. All the lots discount a day’s fee for travelers who park for a week.

The website for Medford’s Rogue Valley International Airport says its long-term lot charges $10 per day.

Redmond now has the same rates for all parking at the airport, but will reconsider that as the 300 additional spaces to be built this summer are designed, Zachary Bass, airport director, told the Spokesman.

“As we expand our parking options, we will look to offer differing costs giving our customers more choices,” Bass said in an email.

RDM’s current parking rates of $1 for the first 30 minutes and $2 hourly rates won’t change, the airport said.

The airport encourages passengers to check its website at flyrdm.com for parking conditions.