CAE restarts valet parking in partnership with Columbia area company, additional parking options

May 2, 2023

On Monday, May 15th, the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) will be restarting its valet parking operations. The service, offline since 2020, will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and cost $25 per day.

“Valet parking is a parking option our passengers have said they would like brought back,” said Mike Gula, Executive Director of CAE. “Restarting this service has been a priority for the team and we are excited to be able to include this additional on-site parking solution as an option for our passengers and partner with a great local company like Southern Valet in the process.”

After a public bidding process, local valet and transportation provider Southern Valet, a company with 15 years of experience, headquarters in Columbia and offices in Greenville and Charleston, won the contract to operate valet parking services at CAE.

“Our goal is to make valet parking at CAE as easy as flying out of CAE,” said Sean Potter, Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Southern Valet. “Being a local company with our headquarters just down the road, we feel that taking the wheel on the valet operation will be a perfect fit for everyone and are excited for the opportunity. My family loves flying out of CAE as it makes flying stress-free and fun. We always look forward to our next adventure that starts with CAE.”

The valet booth is located across from the main entrance of the terminal on the left. As part of the relaunch, the booth received a noticeable upfit to the exterior that mirrors CAE’s overall brand and esthetic.

In addition to valet parking, CAE also offers its passengers the following parking options:

For those frequent flyers, another parking option is CAE’s Premier Parking. This program allows passengers access to a private, key-card access lot, located on the lower level just outside of baggage claim. This lot is a short walk to the main terminal and is easy to exit upon return. There is no limit to the number of times this lot can be accessed and is $1,000 per year. For more information on Premier Parking and to sign up, please visit:

  • Launched in late 2020, CAE also provides its passengers with an option to pre-book their parking in the Surface or Garage Lots. To pre-book parking, travelers are encouraged to simply visit and enter their trip information. On average, customers have seen a roughly 18% savings on their parking rates by pre-booking.

For more information about all on-site parking options at CAE, please visit


About Southern Valet | Valet & Transportation

Established in 2005, Southern Valet realizes the wants, needs, and requirements of hotel, restaurant, wedding, and private event parking, as well as transportation throughout the Palmetto State. With more than fifteen years of valet experience, founders Derek Nattier and Sean Potter take pride in providing a first-class service to every client, every time.

The inability to find accessible parking close to a destination can take away from the pleasure and excitement of any experience. For example, a private party at your home could easily become a disaster if guests have difficulty locating parking in a private neighborhood, especially if they have to walk in inclement weather. Southern Valet creates a personalized solution for your parking needs to provide everyone a memorable and enjoyable experience. 

About the Columbia Metropolitan Airport

Now providing 26+ daily flights with nonstop service to 10 major airports in nine cities including Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, *Miami (*Seasonal service returning on June 3, 2022 on American Airlines on Saturdays only), New York City (LGA), Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. (Dulles and Reagan National), Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE), a two-time Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accredited facility, continues to be a major economic driver for the Midlands region. Welcoming over 1 million passengers in 2022, CAE is served by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines and serves as a regional cargo hub for UPS. CAE is also served by FedEx. Want to save money the next time your park at the airport? Pre-book your parking, park and save on the spot by visiting For additional more information about CAE in general, please visit