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Melbourne Airport is a rip off when it comes to parking

Mark Fletcher
August 29th, 2014 · 4 Comments

melbourne-airportPlease excuse this off-topic rant. I parked at Melbourne Airport for 24 hours and five minutes and was charged for two days. Yes, that’s what the published fee schedule says and yes I knew it. That does’t make it fair.

Their long term car park was full. It took ten minutes to find a park in the short term so technically I was parked and using the facility for less than twenty four hours.

A fairer fee structure would be to charge by the hour for all part days. But, hey, Melbourne Airport is not run on fairness.


Category: Ethics · Social responsibility

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 James // Aug 29, 2014 at 7:08 AM

    Gouging is the term you are looking for, and its a disgrace.


  • 2 Lance // Aug 29, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    I can’t remember the exact figures but I believe the Airport Authority receive well over 60% of their income from parking.
    There are times when it must be used, but if possible we will avoid parking there and use off-site commercial parking in preference.
    Is everyone aware of how they herd ppl into parking areas now with constant patrols around the outer areas of the airport ? You can no longer find a quiet corner somewhere while waiting to collect an incoming passenger.


  • 3 Brendan // Aug 29, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Gift fair, $40 for less than 4 hours. Parking fees are obscene every where. To top it off, I visited my brother in hospital this week and pad $10.00 for under two hours which I was fine with until I got to the boom gate and it was locked open giving every one “free” egress AFTER we had paid. I was not amused. Motor bike is the way to go instead of copping these fees.


  • 4 Gary // Aug 29, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    should’ve brought a car park instead of a newsagency. DOH!


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