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Airport Parking Fees Fly Higher

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    Parking at Los Angeles International Airport economy lots will be a little more expensive beginning Thursday.

    The rate for Lot B will go  from a maximum of $8 a day to $10 a day, while the rate for Lot C goes to $12 a day, up from $10.  Both lots will continue to offer free parking for the first two hours, and charge $1 for every two hours up to the daily maximum.

    Free shuttle bus service will continue 24 hours a day, seven days a week, between the lots and the airport's passenger terminal.

    Lot B is at 111th Street and La Cienega Boulevard, less than two miles from the airport. Lot C is at 96th Street and Sepulveda Boulevard, one quarter- mile from the airport.

    The Airport Commission approved the rate increases in October, saying the revenue will help pay the rising cost of operating, maintaining and securing the parking lots. It will also offset the cost of the free shuttle bus service.

    The last time rates went up at Lots B and C was in 2002 -- the first rate increase since 1990.

    Even with the increase, Lots B and C are still cheaper than privately owned parking lots around the airport, which charge anywhere from $10-$19 a day, airport officials said.