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True Cost Calculator for Flying through Iowa’s Waterloo Regional Airport (ALO)

The saying “time is money” couldn’t be more true when it comes to your next flight. There are a host of misconceptions that choosing a larger regional or hub airport means a smoother, more affordable trip – and Waterloo Regional Airport (ALO) is here to prove those misconceptions wrong. As a convenient, closer-to-home alternative for travelers throughout Iowa’s Greater Cedar Valley Region and Waterloo-Cedar Falls metro area, we’re here to help you calculate your true travel costs when traveling through our customer and passenger service-focused airport and show you how much time – and money – you could potentially save.

Accessing Flights in Your Own Backyard

By choosing Waterloo Regional Airport, you can spare your personal or business vehicle the mileage, wear and tear, and gas and insurance costs associated with traveling to Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) in Minnesota. You’ll also save quite a bit of time! In good weather and with no road construction, MSP is a nearly four-hour drive from the Greater Cedar Valley Region – and that doesn’t even factor in the time it takes to find parking in the crowded metro area. Depending on the flight schedule, you may also have to factor in the expense of staying in a pricey hotel room before you board your flight and start your real trip. 

In contrast, Waterloo Regional Airport is conveniently located on the north end of the City of Waterloo at 2790 Livingston Ln. We can be found right off State Hwy 218, just north of Airline Hwy, south of Dunkerton Rd, and between Wagner Rd and Leversee Rd. We provide daily commercial airline service to O’Hare International Airport (ORD) in Chicago, Illinois, where travelers can access hundreds of destinations domestically and abroad. Find us around the corner from your own backyard, and if you’ll be driving to our airport, refer to these simple directions:

  • From IA 57 N: IA 57 will become US 218. Take the exit for Broadway. Turn right onto Airport Blvd.
  • From IA 58 N: After taking the exit for US 218 S, merge onto IA 57 and follow the directions above.
  • From US 218 S: Take the Broadway exit. Turn left onto Broadway Ave. Turn right onto Airport Blvd.

Affordable, Hassle-Free Parking

In congested metro areas where many major airports are located, it’s truly unpredictable how long it will take to find parking, with many travelers tacking on 45 minutes to an hour of frustration to their trip. Worse, these parking lots and facilities are often expensive and can easily make your trip’s costs feel like they’re skyrocketing out of control.

That’s where Waterloo Regional Airport makes all the difference. At just $6.00 per day, passengers can park their personally owned vehicles with a user-friendly automated parking system, which dispenses a ticket containing the following information:

  • Vehicle’s license plate
  • Date and time of entry
  • Unique bar code needed to exit

After returning from their American Airlines trip, passengers can simply insert their ticket in the automated system, pay their parking balance (max. weekly rate of $42.00), and exit. The east exit lane accepts credit and debit cards, while the west exit lane accepts cards and cash.

Faster, Less Stressful Passenger Screening Process

Larger airports like MSP are plagued with long, seemingly endless lines for ticket counters, passenger check-ins, and security screenings. For an added fee, passengers in these situations may be able to skip the line with expedited services like SkyCap or Curbline. By the time passengers are cleared to board, many find themselves running to the departure gate in fear that the plane has taken off without them.

Skip the lines – and the anxiety of missing your flight – by opting to fly through Waterloo Regional Airport. Our simple, easy passenger screening process takes an average of just eight minutes, giving you plenty of time to relax before boarding your flight.

Start Planning Your Trip Today

You’re already paying for airfare and accommodations – allow Waterloo Regional Airport to make your trip as efficient and affordable as possible both before and after you board your flight. For more information about our services in the Greater Cedar Valley Region, contact us today.

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