No Parking in the Entire Airport

Post by Mark

According to a friend of mine who was traveling today, there is no parking left at the airport. Thats the entire airport by the way not just the long term lot. He had to turn back and head home so he could park his car there and have someone take him to the airport instead.

I kind of assumed the long term parking would be full and so was planning on parking my car in the short term lot instead since it’s just for 2 nights. I guess I wasn’t the only one thinking this way.

So if you’re traveling today, have someone drop you.

Update: Just got to airport awhile ago. Definitely have someone drop you off, the short term parking lot is a total mess with back to back traffic, double parked cars and cars parked along and on top of ever curb available. Once inside the airport the departure area is surprisingly not that packed. My guess is the short term parking filled up with travelers yesterday and today there just isn’t enough room anymore for people trying to pick up arriving passengers.

Thanks Ali!

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  1. Buzz says:

    I honestly don’t understand why people bother to park at the airport. Just have a friend drop you or hire a cab. You’ll probably end up paying the same thing if not less.

    • Mark says:

      It’s not about the money, it’s about the convenience and not having to rely on anyone.

      • Ozzy says:

        It’s purely a convenience of whether you can afford it or not, plenty of people would love to hold on to that 10-20 kd. But then again people like us drive kia ceratos instead of FJ’s and Lotus’s

        • Mark says:

          If you can’t afford KD2 a day for parking then have someone drop you off but don’t hate on people who can. But I would think most people would rather pay 6KD to be able to park their car there for the weekend then to bother a friend or pay more for a cab.

    • Fiona says:

      And if you want to travel their with children in car seats you can’t take a taxi, so need to park.

    • cajie says:

      I travel regularly on business trips for 1-2 days. It is not only convenient. It ends up being economical too.

    • simple_man says:

      I always take a taxi to the airport after you are rear ended by a local sitting at a light on the night of your flight you will too.

  2. meh says:

    From the long lines and traffic on the 5th, I thought everybody collectively decided to stay in Kuwait and go to the avenues.

  3. Fiona says:

    And if you want to travel their with children in car seats you can’t take a taxi! They need more parking!

  4. Sam says:

    I’ve had this happen to me multiple times. Short term full, long term full, valet full. It’s ridiculous.

    As Mark mentioned, it’s a matter of convenience. Especially if you’re doing to the airport from a far location with no taxis.

  5. Riba says:

    I think there hasn’t been an available parking spot there for the past year. I have completely given up of even checking if there is one as I can’t afford to waste an hour getting stuck in there.

    Here is a free tip:

    Just head to the free parking lot close to Amiri terminal, usually you can find a spot to squeeze in, it is maybe a 5 minute walk to the terminal building.

  6. meh says:

    Smart parking with capacity feed to social media.

    You’re welcome.

  7. ashraf says:

    I was there last night and the place was absolutely packed to get in to Arrival parking.
    I didn’t bother getting in, took a U-turn and parked on the roadside near the mosque parallel to the arrival parking like a lot of other people.
    There were no cops around (usually there always is a cop there).

    I guess, they didn’t fine anybody as it was obvious there was a big parking problem.

  8. ashraf says:

    Totally random incident – Yesterday I was at the traffic signal on Gulf street after green island waiting to take a U-turn.
    there was a traffic cop walking with a smile on his face and looking at every driver to check if they were wearing the seat belt.
    The most surprising part was he didn’t want to fine anybody, he was asking people to put on the seat belt who hadn’t. First time in 30+ years I’ve seen something so friendly about caring about the cops here.

  9. Ali Sleeq says:

    Thanks for the mention Mark :) And also your post for giving people a heads up!

  10. KS says:

    The pink signage has been replaced with red and white

  11. Musaed says:

    Or use the free parking lot close to Cargo terminal, you will definitely find a spot there and it’s quite safe since people use to come in and out but you have to walk for few minutes.

  12. theariezman says:

    To drop me off to the airport I do usually ask the favour from a friend but while returning I prefer to have the cab.

    Yeh Mark is right it is convenient but again how convenient when you couldn’t find the place and end up going back home.

  13. Ahmad says:

    In any other country, if the parking is full, no cars will be allowed inside the parking till a space becomes free. However, here it looks like the company running the parking just keep letting cars in, but of course, the longer the car is in, the more money they will make, be it if the car find a parking or just does not.

    I am sure there has to be a parking meter which shows if parking is full or not but the company just refuses to use it or more like ignores it.

  14. zaydoun says:

    I wonder how many of the parked cars belong to actual travelers vs. people coming to collect them vs. people hanging out at airport cafes or there to pay their mobile bills!!

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