The Spokane International Airport is expanding its parking by 1,300 spaces, according to an article in today’s Spokesman-Review. The 12-acre-lot expansion will be near the cellphone waiting lot at the intersection of West Airport Drive and McFarlane Road. The lot is expected to open in November.

Today the airport has nearly 8,000 parking spots in it garages, economy, concourse C and outside lots. The new lot will raise that total to 9,236 spaces. The lot’s rates have not been set yet but it is expected to be an expansion of the economy lot served by shuttle buses. The current rate for the economy lot is $4 per day.

The new parking is driven by an uptick in passengers in the airport. Between 2011 and 2014 the airport saw about 3 million inbound and outbound passengers annually. That number has grown steadily since, with more than 3.5 million passengers in 2017.

The growth led to expansion of the A and B concourse security checkpoint to accommodate a 25 percent increase in people screened since 2015, according to the Transportation Security Administration.