Car park savings offered at airport
Hamilton Airport has launched a new online car park booking system, giving customers the chance to save significantly on parking expenses.
‘‘The airport is constantly looking for ways to provide better service at a price point with greater choice. We are pleased to announce our new online car park booking option gives customers the ability to book ahead and prepay online, ensuring their parking space is obtained at the lowest price available,’’ Hamilton Airport chief executive Chris Doak said.
Mr Doak said customers could save up to 50 per cent on drive-up rates if they booked well ahead of their travel dates.
‘‘If booked at least two weeks ahead of travel, customers can save up to 50 per cent on drive-up rates. For example, a customer could book online to secure a car park close to the terminal for $50 for five days and save $45. Or by booking a weekend, departing Friday afternoon and returning Monday morning, a customer could pay just $29, saving up to $31,’’ he said.
The airport plans to trial different car park products from time to time; for example offers such as super saver rates or special weekend rates. The amount of savings customers can make by booking their parking online will depend on product uptake and travel duration. Booking as early as possible gives travellers the best chance to get the best prices.
‘‘ We’ll be encouraging customers to book their car parking at the same time they book their trips and holidays in order to get the best discounts. Just as airlines provide cheaper seats to customers if they book early, Hamilton Airport is doing the same with its car parks,’’ Mr Doak said.
Hamilton Airport is the first regional airport in New Zealand to offer online car park booking. The same system is presently offered only Auckland and Wellington airports.
‘‘We intend to trial different products from time to time and believe regional New Zealand deserves the same advantages as metropolitan travellers. There’s no longer a need to travel to Auckland to save on car park prices,’’ said Mr Doak.
Bookings can be made
Customers enter their travel itinerary through the website to receive a quote and range of options. A credit or debit card reserves the booking on a secure site and customers receive an email confirmation of their booking details.
Upon arrival at Hamilton Airport, customers use their credit or debit card to enter and exit the car park, negating the need to carry a ticket or go to the payment machines separately. ‘‘It’s a very easy and seamless process,’’ said Mr Doak.