Perth Airport starts Express pick-up and drop-off information campaign at Terminals 3 and 4
The new system – first announced in June 2022 – has been designed to reduce congestion on the forecourt and surrounding access roads, caused by motorists parking in the pick-up zone.. Perth Airport will be providing an introductory period where motorists who over-stay will not be charged, to ensure regular motorists are aware of the new process. This period will occur between 5 February and 11 March.
Perth Airport’s Chief Commercial and Aviation Officer Kate Holsgrove said that the Express system will continue to allow motorists to drop-off and pick-up passengers for free, provided they enter and exit the forecourt within six minutes.
“The problem we have is that too many motorists are choosing to use the forecourt as a de facto carpark and significantly overstaying within the drop-off/pick-up area.
“The six minutes allows the pick-up/drop-off activity and time for any pedestrian traffic.
“Over the past 20 months we’ve also undergone significant construction works in the area to deliver more pick-up/drop-off bays and new signage to better direct motorists to empty bays further along the forecourt.
“We’ve also listened to the feedback from Access & Disability groups so have redesigned new ACROD bays and will continue to monitor the system during this period and beyond.
“The Express system was introduced at T2 in 2019 and reduced the rate of overstays by 70 per cent which has significantly improved traffic flow to that terminal – we are hoping to see the same results at T3/T4.
“We will also continue to offer one-hour free parking in our LongTerm car parks. Motorists can head there and wait for travellers to text them when they are ready to be picked up on the forecourt,” said Ms Holsgrove.
When introduced, the overstay fees are designed to discourage loitering behaviour on the forecourt. For example, if you park on the forecourt for 25 minutes you will be charged $25 compared to $9.60 in the ShortTerm car park, $7.80 in ShortTerm Saver car park or free in the long-term car park.
The Express area will also prevent drivers trying to ‘game’ the system by repeat recircling as this would simply fuel congestion. Vehicles that exit the forecourt will need to wait 10 minutes before re-entering if they wish to qualify for a free pick-up.
The cameras and boom gates on the system are now operational – but motorists will not be charged until 11 March, allowing regular passengers to get used to the system.
In addition to the forecourt works, Perth Airport has delivered the following:
- An expanded Premium parking area with 216 additional undercover bays close to the terminals’ front doors.
- A new Premium car park entry and exit so there is no more unnecessary queuing.
- A new ShortTerm car park providing 533 bays accessed via Ross Drive.
- An undercover parking option for long term parkers which is a short walk to the terminals.
- An extended pick-up, drop-off area on the forecourt
- Dynamic signage directing drivers to available drop-off bays on the forecourt.
- Controlled pedestrian crossings on the forecourt, reducing the disruption to traffic flow.
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