Joyce Airports need to keep costs down

Qantas boss responds to high airport parking charges. Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has urged Australian airports to keep parking charges down after a recent study found costs had escalated over the years.The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission report found Sydney Airport had the highest parking fees in the country at AU$16 per hour, followed by Melbourne Airport with AU$12 per hour, Yahoo reported.Parking revenue at Australia’s five airports had increased by 3.7 percent to AU$340.7 million in 2011/12 compared to the prior year.Speaking in Darwin, Mr Joyce said Australia needs to be more competitive in the current economic environment and to “maintain consciousness about” parking fees.”We are talking about encouraging more and more tourists to come in and with the high Australian dollar we know Australia has become a lot more expensive,” Mr Joyce said.”I think the whole experience is very important.”A Sydney Airport spokesperson defended the gateway, claiming the study only looked into standard drive-up rates and dismissed online bookings, which can help travellers save up to 73 percent on parking.”For most Sydneysiders, our online offers compare favourably with catching a taxi to and from the airport.”Source = e-Travel Blackboard: NJ

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