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At Logan, cars outnumber spaces during vacation week

BOSTON, MA , 02/ 19 / 14:BUSY DAYS AT LOGAN AIRPORT.... space is tigjht.....with the help of parking valets at an already overcrowded Logan . The lots are pushed to the limit during busy school vacation week -- squeezing cars wherever they will fit and moving them offsite. ( David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo ) SECTION: BUSINESS TOPIC 20parking(1)
Parking lots at Logan International Airport are pushed to the limit during school vacation week. Credit: David L. Ryan/Globe STaff

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The biggest problem at Logan Airport this week isn’t canceled flights or icy runways or surly TSA agents. It’s the parking.

Finding a place to stow your car is often tough at Logan, as anyone who has prowled the crowded central parking garage long enough to almost miss a flight knows well. But it’s even more trying during school vacation week, when hordes of families leave their cars at the airport on their way to warmer climes, and the airport’s usual stream of business travelers keeps on coming.

This week, as many as 18,000 cars will need to be parked at Logan each day, a roughly 13 percent jump above normal. The 16,200 spaces at that airport, however, remain unchanged.

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