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CHANGES COMING: The taxi lane, left, will become a freight lane. The ten-minute lane, centre with two cars parked, will become the taxi lane and the ten-minute area, right of picture where the ute is parked, will become the "kiss and drop" area.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Motor vehicle congestion at the airport will be eased over the next few weeks with new traffic conditions to complement the free one-hour parking.

Free one-hour parking is available at all times just metres away from the airport terminal entrance. Motorists simply collect a ticket at the boom gate and, if leaving within an hour, pay no fee to use the secure carpark.

Changes to the taxi and freight lanes and a new “kiss and drop” area will make it even easier to get in and out of the airport.

The present taxi lane, to the left of the terminal, will move to the adjacent ten-minute parking lane. This will allow taxis to come and go immediately on pick-up and drop-off. The present taxi lane is bounded by median strips causing taxis to wait in line to depart.

The existing taxi lane will become a pick-up and delivery lane for freight and courier companies. This will alleviate confusion between taxi drivers and freight and courier drivers.

There will be no more ten-minute parking lanes for motorists.

A “kiss and drop” area will be created to the right of the terminal for those people wishing to quickly drop-off or pick-up passengers. This will not be a parking area.

Parking for any length of time will be restricted to the regular carpark which can be utilised for free for one hour.

Manager – Airport Operations, Howard Aspey said the traffic changes would make it far easier and quicker for everyone to get in and out of the airport.

“Taxis were being held up, the freight companies were vying with the taxis for space and motorists were, unfortunately, staying too long in ten-minute zones,” Howard said.

“The taxi lane and freight lane will allow this traffic to move smoothly, the ‘kiss and drop’ area will make dropping or picking up passengers easy and quick while those that need a bit more time can take advantage of the free one-hour parking.

“This carpark is literally just metres away from the terminal entrance … there aren’t many airports that can boast that convenience with no fee.”

The new restrictions will come into place in the next two weeks with prominent signage to direct all motorists and pedestrians. Enquiries can be made to Howard Aspey on 8640 3444.

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