DENVER (CBS4) - For much of Saturday, Denver International Airport reported nearly-full parking lots. They stated at 8:40 a.m., the east parking garage was nearing capacity, and the east economy lot was full, while the west economy lot was also near capacity.
By 11:20 a.m., they shared all parking areas were full, and urged travelers to use offsite shuttle parking. But, a few hours later, those off-site areas were getting close to capacity.
"I've seen them full, but usually the top levels up here are fairly sparse," said Nancy Ferguson,, who was lucky enough to find a spot in the east garage. "I've never seen them full like this before."
"We believe this is due to many people traveling who have Monday's federal holiday off or families on fall break," a DIA spokesperson told CBS4. They recommend travelers to check real-time parking before they get to the airport, and use RTD's A-Line or a ride-share service.
The parking issues come after the airport announced it couldn't open its Pikes Peak and Mt. Elbert shuttle lots because of "staffing challenges."
In August, the airport implored people to consider driving their shuttles or being part of the support staff. While a Class A or B CDL license with P2 endorsement is required, starting pay is $18-$20 per hour, officials said.
The airport is hoping to open at least the Pikes Peak shuttle lot before Thanksgiving but it will be "dependent on staffing."
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