Avalon Airport in Victoria has reduced parking fees by 25% for the next two months, in a move that the airport says is, “off the back of the recent news of Tullamarine Airport increasing its parking prices.”
Situated some 56km from Melbourne’s CBD, Avalon is currently a focus airport for low-cost carrier Jetstar, which links the Greater Geelong-region to Sydney, Adelaide and the Gold Coast with flights that attract price-conscious leisure travellers.
In addition, Air Asia operates two daily flights to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – a service it established in December 2018 – while Citilink commenced international flights between Avalon and Bali, Indonesia on Australia Day this year.
Avalon Airport, which is owned by Linfox Group, says its revised pricing structure will be applied to all 1,500 short and long term bays and is designed to allow travellers to put their money: “towards a good holiday, instead of forking out big bucks for a car spot.”
Avalon Airport CEO Justin Giddings adds: “Flying is already stressful enough and can be quite expensive for some Victorians. We assessed our car park offer to see what we could do to help out holidaymakers across the state.”
Melbourne Tullamarine recently launched a new short-stay product, with selected bays situated close to the terminal attracting an increased price.
Designed to facilitate quick visits to the airport, the price rise affects an estimated 1.5% of the 23,000 public parking bays at the airport.
Nationally airport parking is increasingly booked online, according to information obtained from the Australian Airports Association.
Additionally, airports across the nation offer free drop off zones, with some providing complementary short-stay parking, as well as actively promoting rideshare services.
However Avalon Airport Executive Chairman, David Fox said baffling how the competition can raise their parking prices by so much, adding: “We can’t believe Tullamarine have significantly increased their parking fees. It’s another blow for Victorians who are going through so much, especially with the recent bushfires.”
“It seems un-Australian in our opinion. This is the least we can do for our fellow Victorians.”
While Avalon Airport estimated total vehicle traffic of approximately 7,200 trips per day in 2019, Melbourne Airport’s non-transfer passengers generated some 71,200 daily trips, handled by some 40km of internal roads.
Melbourne Airport is further facilitating passenger use of taxis, chauffeur services and rideshare – with a recent push to reduce unsolicited ride offers – known as touting – via an online reporting campaign.