Airport parking fees set to climb
The fee increases will generate an additional $200,000TARYN UTIGER
Parking costs at the New Plymouth Airport are set to soar.
Airport car park users could face a price hike of up to 40 per cent, while the cost of losing a parking ticket has risen by 66 per cent to $100.
The hourly charge of $1 will remain the same, but all daily, weekly and annual fees are set to increase in July.
The New Plymouth District Council's monitoring committee this week voted in favour of the price rises, and the final decision will now be put before the full council next month.
The fee increases will generate an additional $200,000 a year for the airport, with the revenue earmarked to pay for the car park's extension.
The council's manager of property assets, Peter Handcock, said the parking area was extended in 2012 but it was now inadequate at peak times.
Last year was a record one for passengers, as the number of people flying in and out of New Plymouth Airport rose 7 per cent, increasing from 310,943 in 2012 to 332,178 passengers in 2013.
The car park expansion, which will take place in mid-2015, will provide 80 to 100 new parking spaces. Mr Handcock said that extension would suffice for "the next couple of years", but another extension was needed to to meet the growing demand.
"[That] will be decided on through the creation of the airport's Master Plan for meeting long-term growth," he said.
The proposed new fee structure would retain the free first hour, as well as the $1-an-hour price.
The airport's terminal building opened in 1964 and was designed for 60,000 passengers a year.
New Plymouth District Council is designing an extension of the terminal, with construction planned for 2015. The project is intended to have no rates input and to be covered by user charges.
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