Safety is one of the reasons taxi customers at Christchurch
Airport will soon be collected from a new specifically designated
area outside the terminal.
Chief Commercial Officer Blair Forgie says the current drop-off
zone under the main parking building has become congested with
private and commercial vehicles.
"The congestion has been highlighted in recent months by
increased passenger numbers through the terminal and associated
increased traffic around the terminal. We recognise
that, so are planning and evolving traffic management," says Mr
"We currently have people opening car doors and stepping out
into a stream of traffic in the drop-off area, recently re-named
The Loop. Our staff have witnessed near-misses there so we've
decided to make changes. From July 1, we will separate commercial
and private drop-off zones, with all taxi passenger transfers at
their current collection area.
"From the new pick-up and drop-off site at the international end
of the terminal, taxi customers will get out of or into their taxi
in an area where only professional drivers operate and where
customers will get under cover and into the terminal in a few
"We are acutely aware shelter at the new taxi site needs
improvement and are working on designing and installing it there as
soon as possible."
The new drop-off area for taxis coincides with the fee taxis pay
to access the airport being halved and made transparent to the
public, following extensive engagement between the airport company
and taxi companies.
Mr Forgie says the reduced fare of $5.50 has been public
knowledge since late April and comes into effect next Tuesday.
"In the past, there has been some confusion about the access fee
and customers have told us of high fees charged and attributed to
the airport. Every passenger will now see the airport fee is $5.50
for every trip to or from the airport.
"From July 1, the access fee will also be openly displayed on
signage at the airport and on our website," he says.
"We will continue discussions with the taxi companies as these
changes are introduced, to ensure we provide a safer and more
transparent environment for consumers and commercial vehicle