Lafayette Regional Airport has opened an easy-access Cell Phone Waiting Area to provide motorists with a more convenient way to coordinate the pickup of passengers arriving at LFT. Federal regulations prohibit motorists from parking in front of the terminal, except for the brief process of passenger pickup or drop-off. The new Cell Phone Waiting Area provides a place for motorists to wait in their vehicles while awaiting the arrival of passengers to be picked up.

In addition to the new Cell Phone Waiting Area, motorists may also park without a fee for the first 30 minutes in either the short-term or long-term parking lots or drive around until their party is ready for pickup.

“This new service from LFT means motorists have an additional option when picking up arriving passengers. They will now be able to wait and coordinate pickup with an arriving passenger on their cell phone,” said LFT Executive Director Steven Picou.

The new Cell Phone Waiting Area is clearly marked and is located on Terminal Drive as you approach the terminal building. Passengers must remain with their vehicle at all times while in the Cell Phone Waiting Area.

“Airport commissioners often receive requests from travelers who use LFT, and the opening of the Cell Phone Waiting Area is something many have asked about,” said Lafayette Airport Commission Chairman Samuel Pierre. “This is another example of the customer service we work hard to provide to all who use the terminal.”