Courtesy vehicle operators who collect customers from
Christchurch Airport will soon pay less to do so.
Chief Commercial Officer Blair Forgie says reduced charges and
new choices will take effect on July 1 and have today been
communicated to accommodation providers and off-airport parking
Mr Forgie says the changes are the result of a review of all
ground transport operations at the airport.
"We have spent months reviewing charges for all operators, with
the aim of ensuring equity and transparency across all ground
transport," he says. "We had to review taxi operations ahead of the
expiry of current licences at the end of June, so widened the
review out to include all ground transport operators."
As a result, some charges will halve.
"From July 1, the access fee for courtesy vehicles will halve
from $10.00 to $4.78 excluding GST. Alternatively, high users can
choose to pay a fixed annual fee rather than the per-visit access
fee. Both apply when collecting customers - dropping off stays
Mr Forgie says on-demand taxis will also pay less.
"Taxis currently pay an annual licence fee of $5,000 and an
access fee of $5 - $6 to collect their customers from the
airport. From July 1 there will be no annual licence fee.
Instead, taxi drivers will pay $4.78 excluding GST each time they
drop off and collect customers, reflecting the fact that they
charge customers for both trips.
"Importantly, from July 1 we will display taxi charges on signs
at ground transport drop-off and collection points, as well as on
the airport website, so customers will know exactly what the
"The new arrangement will help us encourage more taxis to be
available here late at night when the final flights of the day
arrive. Not having enough taxis around midnight has been a
frustration for us and our travellers, so we anticipate better
service in the future."
Mr Forgie says customer research will result in changes to
airport car parking in the next few months.
"For almost a year now, we have been asking customers what they
want in terms of parking. They tell us choice is their top
priority, followed by cost and convenience.
"The first thing we're doing is making all the choices clear,
both on and off the airport. This will include information on our
website and a pamphlet issued across Canterbury to explain all the
options available on and off the airport.
"We're also working on ways to enhance what we already offer at
the airport, including developing new parking areas and
"We'll help the public understand all the options available to
them when they're coming to the airport, to make sure they choose
the best area for their needs."
Mr Forgie says the new parking choices will be announced in six
to eight weeks.