Melbourne Airport Has a New Free Pick-Up Zone

Originally written for Broadsheet.

Finally, an improvement on the dreaded one-minute pick-up limit at Melbourne Airport. From today, driver’s picking up passengers from Tullamarine will have longer to get the job done with the addition of a new 10-minute free pick-up area.

“The new zone has 200 bays and will help reduce pressure points at the existing free public pick-up lanes,” chief of parking and ground access Lorie Argus tells the Herald Sun.

Stay longer than 10 minutes and fees will begin to accrue, starting at $8 for an additional five minutes and $12 to park for up to 30 minutes ($4 more expensive than standard drive-up parking fees). The 10-minute pick-up zone operates on a timed ticket and boom gate system.

“This is higher than the short-term car parking rates as we want to ensure it is used for pick-ups rather than drivers trying to park for longer periods,” Argus tells the Herald Sun.

The new pick-up zone sits at the northern end of the car park opposite the Qantas terminal.

Previously only a one-minute pick-up was available to drivers before they had to move along. Another 12 bays in the one-minute pick-up zone have also been reserved for UberX drivers.

The Herald Sun reports the airport earns $135.3 million a year from parking fees with 30,000 vehicles driving through the forecourt and 8000 a day using its free public pick-up area.

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