UPDATE: OR Tambo airport's new long-term parkade opens

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Cape Town - OR Tambo International Airport has implemented a number of new and improved facilities and features in recent months, but none quite compare to its latest offering which is set to make life easier for commuters to the country's busiest airport.

As of 1 February 2018, the airport will offer travellers greater parking convenience when the current Super South area will close and a new long-term parking area will open in a new parkade, just 500m from airport terminals.

According to OR Tambo International, the fees for using the new long-term parking facility will remain at current levels provided travellers book online.

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The new long-term parking area in the “MSP2” parkade under the City Lodge hotel offers 4 300 parking bays over five levels, and is set to save travellers a lot of time.

At the moment, travellers using the existing long-term parking area need to wait for a shuttle bus which can result in delays due to high traffic on roads around the airport.

The new parkade, however, is a mere five-minute walk from domestic and international terminals, and to make travel even smoother, directional signage for the new parking area has already been installed on airport access roads.

Book your parking spot online

The long-term parking area is ideal for travellers who will be away for three days or longer, says OR Tambo airport.

"By booking a long-term parking spot via the ‘Book Parking Online’ link at www.airports.co.za, travellers can save up to 50% of their total parking fees by booking up to five days in advance. Discounts start at 10% for booking one day in advance, 20% for booking two days in advance up to 50% off for the five-day maximum advance booking period," says the airport.

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Users of long-term parking will be able to get a quote for their parking on the website and secure a spot, pending availability, as long as the booking is completed no later than 23:00 on the day before entry.

"Once parking is booked online, travellers need to insert the credit card used to make the booking to gain access to the new long-term parking area. On their return, travellers need to insert the same credit card they used to make their booking into the reader at the exit boom to receive the booking discount," explains the airport.

Saving time and money

The new parking facility will make travel much smoother for flyers, and together with OR Tambo airport's other recent changes - such as silencing their public address microphone for domestic flights and making its retail outlets virtually accessible, it is set to boost the overall quality of service for passengers.

In fact, in 2017, the airport also moved up 5 spots to rank 24th in the global Airport Service Quality (ASQ) category for airports with 15 to 25 million passengers.

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Leigh Gunkel-Keuler, spokesperson for OR Tambo International Airport, says that the new parkade "will save travellers significant time and money" as it is within "easy reach of the passenger terminals".

"The booking option guarantees travellers a parking at a discounted rate and significantly reduces the time spent getting to the terminal for their flights," adds Gunkel-Keuler.

"Existing users of the Super South parking area will find that they receive at least the same low rates as they are currently paying of R55 a day and R25 per 12-hour period, or part thereof," says Gunkel-Keuler. 

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In addition, travellers who want to use the dedicated long-term parking area without advance booking can park on Level -1, but will have to exceed a three-day stay to qualify for long term rates. "Once the stay has exceeded three days, the rate will automatically recalculate to long term rates, the same as one would have paid at Super South," says the airport, adding that the Super South long-term parking area will close on 1 February 2018.

Discounted booked parking is already available in the MSP2 parkade on Level -2 and travellers booking online can start making use of the facility immediately. 

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