Scooter solution for Auckland Airport staff as congestion builds

Avis staff scooting along (L-R): Sally Wihongi, Trenz Tu'a and Tali Pauga.

Avis staff scooting along (L-R): Sally Wihongi, Trenz Tu'a and Tali Pauga.

As traffic authorities set up a taskforce to tackle congestion at Auckland Airport, one airport-based company has decided to scoot around the problem.

Avis rental car company staff recently started using electric scooters to avoid the bottleneck getting into the airport.

The new scooters were being used by staff on the return journey from their cleaning depot, 1km away.

Once they take a rental car to be cleaned they unfold their scooters from the boot and scoot back.

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Avis managing director Kathryn O'Neil said it was a creative solution to getting around the gridlock.

"This is not only more environmentally friendly but the return trip ensures that they are not adding further to the traffic congestion," she said.

At peak times the scooters were expected to help save staff numerous hours over a day, as well as considerable amounts of fuel. 

​About 30,000 passengers were expected to pass through Auckland Airport every day over summer.

Increased congestion over the holiday period has caused headaches for travellers, with reports of people missing flights after being stuck in traffic for multiple hours.

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A taskforce, involving NZ Transport Agency, Auckland Transport and Auckland Airport, was set to look at immediate remedies to improve travel times and congestion.

 - Stuff

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