Parking changes at airport in effect soon

Queenstown Airport is introducing a new van for its park and ride facility, one of several...
Queenstown Airport is introducing a new van for its park and ride facility, one of several changes to parking, and pricing, at the airport from November 1. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Parking changes, including some price increases, will come into effect at Queenstown Airport on November 1.

Airport ground transport manager Natalie Scott said new initiatives and upgrades to car parking - including the park and ride facility, technology upgrades, and pricing and payment options - were a direct result of feedback from the airport's monthly passenger survey, park and ride customers and "changing customer behaviours''.

The 66 free "P20'' parks would be reduced to free 10-minute parks, after which there would be a $2 charge for up to 20 minutes.

"As we continue to near capacity at the terminal during peak times, we wanted to find a solution to ensure customers can always get the park they want, when they want.

"We'll continue to monitor customer feedback and usage to ensure we provide affordable options, convenience and technological solutions to ensure everything to do with parking at Queenstown Airport is efficient, safe and convenient.''

Short-stay charges, for those staying up to 40 minutes, would remain at $4, as would the price for one day, $25.

The seven-day stay rate would, however, increase from $100 to $155.

Park and ride pricing would also increase slightly, from $30 after three days, to $40
for the same period.

A $10 charge per day would follow.

Ms Scott said the service, which started as a trial in June 2017, had been well-utilised and a new, 22-seat van would increase capacity.

Online booking was introduced last December, which enabled travellers to secure a space ahead of time and also made it the most affordable airport parking option.

Advanced online booking discounts would also be made available from November 1.

Tap-and-go credit card services would be introduced at the park and ride entry gate and the solar-powered pay and display machine, which customers said was sometimes unreliable, had been removed.

Ms Scott said parking sensors had been installed at the site to enable real-time space availability to be shown on the airport's website.

New barrier arms to provide more secure entry and exit points would be installed, as would data connections to enable CCTV to be improved. It would have a direct link back to the airport's operation centre to enable live monitoring, she said.

Licence plate recognition technology would be trialled once all the upgrades are implemented, as well as scoping to provide a toilet facility.

Over the next year the airport would look to enable online booking for all car parking options, evaluate a "premium parking product'' aimed at the business and luxury market, and electric vehicle charging stations, Ms Scott said.

 

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