JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority is preparing for the Christmas holiday travel season by opening Economy Lot 3 at Jacksonville International Airport for a flat fee of $20 from Sunday through Jan. 6, or until the lot fills up.

The fee is payable with cash or credit card upon entry.

This special event lot will operate on a first-come, first-serve basis for the first 900 customers and may close without notice. Free shuttle service is available until Jan. 6. Vehicles that remain in the lot after then may be towed at the owner's expense.

Travelers should arrive at least two hours before their flight to allow additional time to locate parking because their first parking choice may not be available.

Other parking options include Economy Lots 1 and 2 ($5 per day), Daily Surface Lot ($8 per day), Daily Garage ($14 per day) or the Hourly Garage ($18 per day). Valet parking is also available for $22 per day. All prices include tax.

Other options are available for off-site parking, and some of those businesses offer cheap rates as well.

Louis Senior, of VIP Park and Ride, said the airport deal hurts his business but says his company offers more for a comparable price.

"We pretty much park the vehicle, take you to the airport and bring you back," he said. "It's a full-service."

JAA recommends that travelers who meet and greet their families and friends use the hourly garage, if available. Another option is to wait in the free courtesy waiting lot, located next to JAA's administration building, until family and friends arrive.

For more information about the parking options at the airport, contact the parking office at 904-741-2277 or visit the airport's parking information web page.

For more information about JAA, visit flyjacksonville.com.