Airport paid parking here soon

WORK is under way to install paid parking at the Coffs Harbour Airport, with the user pays system expected to be up and running in May.

Vehicles belonging to airport staff and rental cars are now being parked outside of the general car park, while earthworks have started ahead of the installation of electronic boom gates.

Coffs Harbour Council’s Airport manager Dennis Martin says the finer points of the system will be explained in three simple steps in an educational brochure, to be distributed in coming weeks.

“We want to make clear that free parking will still be available, but limited to 15 minutes,” Mr Martin said.

“A $2 charge will apply for the first hour of parking, while the maximum fee for the day will be $12.”

“The system will be user friendly, where motorists pay for their stay using pay stations inside the terminal and we plan to explain this further to people when the system is operational,” he said.

The council will also employ car park ambassadors to handle visitors’ queries, Mr Martin said. At present, Coffs Harbour is the only major East Coast airport offering free parking.

The council maintains paid parking will offer the airport a revenue stream and be used to meet rising operational costs. Car park fees could also pay for extensions to the holding apron to accommodate additional aircraft, and the upgrade of air-conditioning inside the terminal.

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