As of 10 December Cape Town International Airport’s (CTIA’s) pick up and go area will relocate to the ground floor of Parkade 1 and a long stay parking option will be introduced in the Shade net 2 area soon thereafter.
Airport users collecting passengers opting not to park will use the new pick up and go area in Parkade 1 where a free half an hour will be allowed for collection. If the half an hour is exceeded a sharply increasing tariff will be payable. This tariff is charged as a deterrent to ensure that users do not abuse the pick up and go area, but use it for the reason for which it is intended, to pick up and go. “The airport’s drop off road is a superior product, but our airport users have been telling us that the current pickup area is not ideal, which is why we have made the decision to relocate the pick up and go area to Parkade 1”, says Deidre Hendricks, Communications Manager, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), CTIA. “Unfortunately there are users who abuse the pick-up and go area by staying much longer than they should, creating significant inconvenience to the legitimate users”, continued Hendricks.
“The half an hour collection time allocation is much longer than the current one, however users are encouraged to arrive at the airport ten minutes after the flight is expected to land, as opposed to well in advance of it”, said Hendricks.
The pick up and go area will be equipped with Flight Information Display Boards in the foyer of the parkade so that people collecting someone will be able to see the status of the flight. If a flight is significantly delayed it is recommended that users depart the pick up and go area and park in one of the parking areas available. The new pick up and go area is also significantly closer to the terminal building.
Long stay parking is another parking product that users who are travelling for an extended period of time can benefit from. Located in the Shade net 2 (to be renamed P4) area, this parking product offers users with an extended stay, such as parking the vehicle overnight or for a weekend, an area where their vehicles can be parked securely. The tariffs offer parkers a significant discount over the normal shade net parking if staying longer than two days.
The reconfiguration of the parking area brings with it a variety of benefits, in particular added convenience. With the additional 4000 parking bays that Parkade 1 has brought on stream, the airport now has the extra capacity to make available diverse products to suit most of its users. Key to these changes are the fact that airport users have a wider choice, they can choose to park closest to the terminal at a higher rate or further away at lower rates. Existing parking tariffs will not change.
“These changes are based on continuous feedback and requests that we have received from airport users. All of these changes will no doubt come as a welcome relief to many of our airport users. While it may take many a fair amount of time to familiarise themselves, these changes are intended to further enhance the airport experience”, added Hendricks.
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