In the first full month since American Airlines pulled out of Bob Hope Airport, parking revenues at the airfield fell by 8.6% in March, officials reported this week.
While the drop is steeper than what the airport has seen in recent months, airport Executive Director Dan Feger said there are signs of a turnaround.
“I'm going to make a guardedly optimist statement,” he told airport commissioners on Monday. “I think that we are starting the recovery in place here at this airport.”
Preliminary parking-revenue numbers for April are showing improvement, Feger said, projecting a less severe drop of 3%.
And parking appears to be increasing during the first two weeks of May, Feger said, citing reports from airport's parking operator, Standard Parking.
“These are anecdotal. We will come back to the commission next month hopefully with some good solid April numbers,” Feger said.