Oribi Airport to offer easier parking by June

2010-02-16 00:00

IF jostling with car hire companies for limited parking spaces and walking through muddy fields to get to your car at Pietermaritzburg’s Oribi Airport has become familiar to you, you will be pleased to know that by mid-June the airport’s parking areas will be fully surfaced, with 350 parking bays and a new car hire facility, says Mike Clark, director of Easipark.

The Msunduzi Municipality has awarded the contract for the parking development to Easipark, which provides parking management solutions for a number of blue-chip clients in the property industry.

Easipark’s contract will cover the design and construction of the parking area, installation of state-of-the-art parking payment equipment and CCTV systems, as well as the day-to-day management and operation of the car park.

The Pietermaritzburg airport currently handles over 70 000 passengers a year, with up to 55 scheduled flights a week between the city and Johannesburg, making it a busy regional airport.

Clark said a shortage of parking has sometimes forced visitors to the airport to park in muddy, inadequate spaces, but that in a matter of a few months everything will be remedied.

“Parking will be secured with boomed access control. Parking bays will have extra width for greater parking convenience and there will be undercover shaded parking bays,” he said.

The new long-term parking, car hire, drop-off zone, taxi and bus parking is due to be completed in April, at which time 200 bays will become available for parking.

In June, the car hire building and short-term, staff and VIP parking are due to be completed.

“Parking in the drop-off zone, for buses and taxis will be free. Unfortunately, all other parking will be charged for,” said Clark.

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