As part of streamlining the parking system at Tiruchi airport, a revised parking fee structure will be in place from April 1.
Airport Director K. Gunasekaran told reporters here on Saturday that the Airports Authority of India had decided to do away with the system of awarding contracts for collecting parking fee. It would collect the parking fee directly from motorists on a trial basis for six months. The move follows complaints from users on discrepancies in fee and harassment by those manning the parking lot.
Mr. Gunasekaran said the parking fee had been reduced under the revised structure. Different time slabs had been introduced and the rates structured with the user benefit in mind. Two-wheeler riders would have to pay only ₹10 for parking up to 30 minutes. The fee for coaches, buses and trucks would be ₹30. For all other vehicles, it will be ₹20. The fee for parking two-wheelers and cars up to two hours would be ₹15 and ₹55 respectively.
There will be separate fee structure for parking vehicles up to seven hours and beyond. For security reasons, those who wish to park their vehicles for more than two days should inform the authorities in writing along with a copy of the vehicle registration certificate.
There would be no fee for dropping passengers either by private or hired vehicles. However, hired vehicles should pay an access fee of ₹40 for pick-up. All vehicles coming to drop and pick up passengers should leave the airport premises within three minutes.
When pointed that currently vehicles coming to drop passengers were allowed five minutes, and even this was causing hardship to passengers due to heavy congestion at peak hours, Mr. Gunasekaran said steps were being taken to regulate movement of vehicles dropping passengers to facilitate quick exit. “If necessary, we will fine-tune the system based on feedback,” he said.
The AAI would hire ex-service personnel to collect the fee from users. Swiping machines would also be provided soon so that users can pay using debit or credit cards. Plans were afoot to introduce App-based cab booking service at the airport.
On other passenger amenities in the offing, he said an executive lounge for business class passengers would be opened shortly. The lounge was almost ready. Economy class passengers could use the facility on paying a fee of ₹900. A buffet spread would be on offer for those using the facility.
As part of the AAI’s efforts to showcase major attractions of the city, a nine-foot-high model of the famous rajagopuram of the Srirangam Ranganathaswamy Temple would be installed and unveiled in the airport, he added.