Airport carpark ambassadors are briefed on the new equipment by Therese Murray-Prior.
Airport carpark ambassadors are briefed on the new equipment by Therese Murray-Prior. Bruce Thomas

Airport ready for paid parking

THE boom gates are in place and testing is underway on the new paid parking system at the Coffs Harbour Airport.

Motorists will have one last weekend of free parking before the user-pays approach becomes operational on Monday.

“Car park ambassadors will be on hand to assist travellers and airport visitors use and become familiar with the system throughout the changeover period,” airport manager Dennis Martin said.

“The airport is a standalone business, which doesn’t receive any ratepayer funds, and in fact pays a dividend to the city each year.

“This airport is the last major facility on the east coast not to have introduced paid parking,” Mr Martin said.

A sliding scale of daily fees will be introduced.

The public will be issued with a ticket upon entry through the boom gates.

The first 15 minutes is free, and then the rate rises by $2 every hour to a maximum weekly fee of $66 for seven days of parking.

Payment is made inside the airport terminal via automated payments machines, just past the baggage carousel.

A ticket will then be dispensed to enable exit from the car park.

Mr Martin says the revenue from parking collections will be used to extend the airport holding apron and upgrade air conditioning in the terminal.

An area of land to the west of the current car park has also been earmarked for further parking in the future.



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