Parking can cost more than flight
Aldi Schoeman, Die Burger
Cape Town - Parking at the airport could turn out to be more expensive than a plane ticket, following a recent increase in parking tariffs.
"The cost in the parkade can be compared to other parkades in and around the CBD and it is not excessive from that perspective," said Deidré Hendricks, a spokesperson for the Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) at Cape Town International Airport on Monday.
"What is important, is that we are offering choices.
"You can park in the cheaper shaded parking area."
Three nights, or 72 hours, costs R356 in the parkade - R100 for the first 24 hours, R64 for every 12 hours, or a part thereof, afterwards.
This was more expensive than a 1Time single plane ticket, which was on special of R329 – tax included. Kulula offered a special of tickets at R299.
A parking spot under shade nets at Cape Town's airport costs R178 for 72 hours. The first 24 hours costs R50 and every 24 hours after this costs R32.
Prices went up on April 1.
Before April, 72 hours in the parkade would have cost a total of R278 and it would have cost R150 under the shade nets.
The company Katanga also offered a private service where vehicles were locked behind electric fences for R195 a day.
Prices have not been adjusted for the Soccer World Cup, said Unathi Batyashe-Fillis, a Acsa spokesperson in Johannesburg. Prices would also not be lowered again after the event.
Hendricks said prices were determined by tariffs of parkades in the CBD, other international airports around the world and by taking into account the cost of building the parkade. The new parkade at the Cape Town airport cost R400m.
People who left their cars for a long time at the airport, would pay less in Cape Town than at OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park.
The cheapest parkade here costs R135 for the first 24 hours and R65 for every hour thereafter.
OR Tambo cheaper for short-term parking
Over the short term, however, it is cheaper to park at OR Tambo, with parking for less than one hour costing R10.
For almost every hour there was another amount, which was different from Cape Town, where there were only five tariff intervals.
The cheapest shaded parking at OR Tambo costs R60 for the first 24 hours and R30 for every 12 hours or part thereof afterwards.
At the new King Shaka International Airport in Durban, 24 hours in the parkade would cost R160 and three days would cost R347.
Shaded parking costs R75 for 24 hours and three days cost R262.