Paid parking for Coffs airport

THE days of free parking at Coffs Harbour airport are almost at an end.

The city council has set June 7 as the starting date for the new regime, which was pushed back due mostly to rain delays.

Under the new measures, the first 15 minutes of parking at the airport will be free and the first hour will be charged at $2, with a max. fee of $12 a day.

Airport visitors will encounter electronically-controlled boom gates complete with covers at entry and exit points and they will also be greeted by smiling volunteer ‘ambassadors’ to help guide them through the new system.

The council maintains paid parking will free up parking spaces more quickly at the airport’s busiest times.

Coffs Harbour airport is currently the only major East Coast port offering free visitor parking. The council says paid parking will help cover growing operational costs, such as increased security needs, at the airport.

The council’s director of corporate business, Craig Milburn, said recently the airport was a ‘stand alone’ business which did not receive any ratepayer funds and paid a dividend back to the council.



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