Islands airports readied to introduce car parking fees

Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) is presenting car park charges from this summer season at three of its islands airports.

Sumburgh, which offers the Shetland Islands, Kirkwall on Orkney and Stornoway airport terminal in the Western Isles will join HIAL’s other operated airport terminals at Inverness as well as Dundee, where car park fees are currently in position.

HIAL said it anticipates to recoup the ₤ 500,000 investment in the first one year of procedure. Money increased thereafter will be reinvested to keep and improve facilities, ensuring the long-lasting resilience of airport terminal procedures on the islands.

A free hour grab as well as hand over duration will certainly run, unlike at other Scottish airport terminals, which is intended to help those that do not have alternate transportation to reach the airports. For those who require to remain longer, the charge will certainly be ₤ 3 per 24-hour duration.

Handling supervisor Inglis Lyon claimed: “HIAL is committed to being open and also clear in its procedures and also our choice to raise charges has actually been absorbed the best rate of interests making certain long-term sustainability of our flight terminals.

“The new auto parking charges will certainly increase revenue that will be reinvested into maintaining as well as constantly establishing the airports in years to come. HIAL airports are called for to operate as cost-effectively as feasible as well as we need to establish a practical, reasonable and also pragmatic financing model that allows us to provide growth as well as make sure the essential connectivity to our neighborhoods in the Highlands as well as Islands.”

Lyon included: “We have no purpose of presenting decline off fees at our airports. At Sumburgh, Kirkwall and Stornoway we will certainly execute a one-hour pick up and also leave zone, which ought to minimize versus the substantial bulk of trip delays.”

Work is expected to begin quickly on setting up new pay stations and obstacles at the three flight terminals. There are 508 rooms prepared for Sumburgh, 288 for Kirkwall and 318 for Stornoway.

Blue badge holders will be billed for their cars and trucks at the same rate as other vehicle drivers. There will certainly be arrangement for blue badge holders within the flight terminal car parks and designated parking bays will certainly be offered as close to the incurable as feasible.