Oribi car park opens, now for airport’s new name

2010-08-09 00:00

THE new “Easi-park” facility, which has been under development at Oribi airport for the last five months, was officially opened last week.

“The biggest problem with the airport has been its image,” said Clive Coetzee, general manager of intergovernmental relations attached to the KZN Treasury. “It didn’t set a good image of professionalism and efficiency. Easi-park is an escalation of the airport’s image. It shows that things are happening. It looks great and it is just the beginning.”

With Easi-park, the airport has more parking space and parking is separated into long-term undercover parking, short-term parking, car hire and a drop-off zone.

“We used to have a tiny parking space dominated by car hire. The rest of it was mud, grass, dust, mud pools and such. Easi-park is an important addition because while an airport may have the best of planes, without a place where people can park, it won’t work,” said Easi-park managing director Mick Clark.

However, the new parking system requires that people have to pay for parking.

“We have had a lot of complaints about people having to pay for parking, but we have compared the prices to other airports and they are much cheaper,” said Coetzee.

“We are very proud of what we have been able to do,” said Clark, “Easi-park represents two things: firstly, it is the long-awaited and welcome upgrade of facilities for the airport’s users, and secondly, on a wider scale, it is great for Pietermaritzburg. Every growing economically active city has to have a working and well operating airport.”

Coetzee said the next step will be to change the name from Oribi Airport to Pietermaritzburg Airport.

“Oribi Village is considered to be a bad area and often associated with poverty.

“A change in name will better the image of the airport.”

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