Julie Tam, NBCDFW
The airport closed off more than 1,600 parking spots for construction.
Parking troubles at DFW International Airport are forcing people to get there earlier or find other parking options. The airport shut down the garage for Gates A1 through A14 because of construction at Terminal A. More than 1,600 spaces are off limits for the next 16 months.
"I ended up having to drive through several times to find a parking space," said Harry Colden, who took his wife to the airport.
"People are like, 'Where am i supposed to go?' They're slowing down and cutting me off," said Theresa Prosser, who chose valet to avoid the hassle of parking.
After circling around for 45 minutes, air traveler Kathy Harris ended up parking on the roof under the hot sun.
"It was around and around and around," she said.
DFW International Airport is helping passengers by giving out coupons for valet parking at the same price as self-parking.
"Usually, you're rushed getting to the airport, tired from packing. So it's a great convenience," said Deann Collins, who chose valet so she could catch her flight on time.
Others are parking off site or getting dropped off.
"We have been closely monitoring the parking garages since the start of the construction, and we are learning and adapting to the situation and responding to the needs of our customers," said airport spokesperson David Magaña.
Still, it's best to get to the airport early.
DFW Airport is adding 1,000 more spaces to the Express North lot by Thanksgiving. Construction on Terminal A and then Terminal C will continue until 2017.