Air­port park­ing in­come jumps

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‘‘Auck­land Air­port col­lected $52 mil­lion from park­ing fees in 2016.’’

Con­sumer NZ has re­vealed a sharp rise in car park­ing earn­ings at Auck­land Air­port.

It said Auck­land Air­port col­lected $52m from park­ing fees in 2016, up from $43m in 2014.

By contrast Christchurch Air­port’s park­ing earn­ings dropped.

Con­sumer said Welling­ton Air­port did not re­port park­ing earn­ings sep­a­rately, but park­ing fees were more than twice the level they were in the cap­i­tal’s city cen­tre.

‘‘The cap­i­tal’s trav­ellers may be jus­ti­fied in feel­ing ag­grieved about the air­port’s fees,’’ said Olivia Wan­nan from Con­sumer.

‘‘Rates for an hour’s park­ing are more than dou­ble what you pay to park in the city cen­tre.

‘‘They’re also higher than hourly rates at ei­ther Christchurch or Auck­land’s do­mes­tic ter­mi­nal.’’

In a spe­cial re­port on air­port park­ing, Con­sumer said de­spite their mo­nop­oly po­si­tions, the three ma­jor air­ports did not face reg­u­la­tion over park­ing fees.

When asked by Con­sumer about their park­ing fees, the air­ports said they com­pared well to fees charged by air­ports over­seas, es­pe­cially Aus­tralia’s air­ports.

The ma­jor­ity of peo­ple avoid park­ing at air­ports, and in­stead get dropped off, take a taxi, or go by bus. Auck­land Air­port of­fered 10 per cent off ‘‘park and ride’’ for book­ing on­line.

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