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Prepare for parking fees at Airport - Whangarei Council

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On Saturday 30 March parking charges will be introduced at Whangarei Airport, but they will still be the lowest of any commercial airport in the country.

Barrier arms and a ticket machine have gone in already to alert people to the coming change.

Parking will be free for the first hour, then $1 for every hour up to a maximum of $10 for a 24-hour period.

Council’s Commercial Property Manager Mike Hibbert said the charges were introduced to help ensure there would be enough parking available for airport visitors during peak times.

"Up to now, we have had 28 to 46 cars staying overnight and some cars parked have been parked for days or weeks. This has taken up a lot of parking. As a result, people who have been arriving at flight times to pick up or drop off people have often had nowhere to park.

"Commercial operators have also used the free parking in ways that help their businesses but don’t help our customers."

Mr Hibbert said introducing user-pays is always an unpopular move, even when it makes the situation fairer for all.

"We talked to other airports before making the decision. At the time, Taupo was the only other commercial airport (other than Whangarei) without parking fees and it was reviewing that position."

In brief:

People will still be able to welcome and collect or see off family and friends.

Property owners across the road will be notified and on-street parking will be monitored.

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