Airport's paid parking begins
WITH construction almost complete, testing of the new parking system at Coffs Harbour Airport is underway with paid parking due to begin on Monday.
Parking will remain free until then and, during this time, airport staff and car park ambassadors will be testing the new arrangements to ensure a smooth transition.
“Airport car park ambassadors will be on hand to assist travellers and airport visitors use and become familiar with the system throughout the changeover period,” said airport manager Dennis Martin.
Council has introduced paid parking to help cover growing operational costs, such as new security requirements introduced by the Federal Government.
“The airport is a stand-alone business which doesn’t receive any ratepayer funds and, in fact, pays a dividend back to the city each year,” Mr Martin said.
“On top of security requirements, the airport is continually developing to offer a better service.”
Paid parking should also help free up parking spaces more quickly during busy times, he said.
The first 15 minutes parking will continue to be free under the new system.
The first hour will cost $2, with a maximum fee of $12 a day.
Cars left for longer than a day will be charged on a downward sliding scale.