Airport increasing car park charges

Busy car park at Dunedin International Airport. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Busy car park at Dunedin International Airport. Photo by Craig Baxter.

Parking fees at Dunedin International Airport are to climb to new altitudes.

The company running the airport has announced it is lifting car parking charges by more than 20% in many categories from December 1.

There were little or no changes for short stays, but increases got bigger the longer the stay.

A stay of less than 15 minutes in the airport's car park would still be free, but the cost of staying for between 60 and 75 minutes would climb by $1, from $5 to $6.

A three-hour stay would climb from $8 to $10, and a stay of up to 24 hours from $18 to $22.

The largest increases, of between 20% and 24%, would be for multi-day stays, which would rise from $18 to $22 for one day, from $38 to $46 for three days, and from $58 to $72 for a week.

Dunedin International Airport Ltd staff were not available for comment yesterday.

Otago Chamber of Commerce president Ali Copeman was reluctant to criticise the increases, saying they were a commercial decision.

A dedicated airport bus could be a solution, for passengers reluctant to accept the increases but such a service would only come if demand for flights increased, she said.

chris.morris@odt.co.nz

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