Plans to change car parking by terminal
Changes are on the way for parking outside Palmerston North Airport's terminal building.
Chief executive Darin Cusack said congestion and safety risks had prompted a rethink of the P5 parking area outside the main doors.
Mr Cusack said having a passenger drop-off and pick-up area was important, but the ability to park for five minutes created confusion and congestion.
He said a busy year at the airport, with more than the usual number of diversions from Wellington, prompting the need for buses to park outside the terminal, had tested the capacity of the area.
"We want to keep people away from the frontage when it is busy," he said. "It is all about safety."
New signage and road markings would encourage more people to use the main car park for short stops, taking advantage of a proposed increased free-parking limit.
The plans were yet to be finalised, and would be implemented in January, after the busy Christmas period. The changes will coincide with the introduction of car parking payment kiosks in the terminal building so most people can pay for their parking before returning to their cars and avoid queues waiting to pay at the exit.
The parking improvements build on the installation of additional lighting, better road marking and signage and resurfacing of the main parking area.
Charges will not be increased.
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