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New airport car parking options available as Queenstown Airport’s Park and Ride gets underway

June 24, 2017 Airport No Comments Email Email

Visitors flying in and out of Queenstown Airport will have more car parking options to choose from following the launch of a new airport Park and Ride this morning (Thursday June 22).

After the official opening of the highly-anticipated first stage of Hawthorne Drive by Queenstown Lakes District Council Mayor Jim Boult, the 11-seater Park and Ride shuttle and luggage trailer hit the road and made its way to the new Park and Ride facility to pick-up its first passenger.

Teams from the airport and GoBus, the contracted shuttle operator, assembled at the Brookes Road car park to officially open the Park and Ride facility, which adds 150 new spaces to the airport’s car park capacity.

The first Park and Ride customer was Queenstown’s Paul Hibbett who received a specially-designed cupcake from local bakery Cup & Cake and a free coffee at either of the airport-based cafes Airspresso and Patagonia.

Queenstown Airport Chief Executive Colin Keel said today’s opening was a significant step forward in addressing the pressures on airport car parking.

“The team has been working on the Park and Ride project for the last eight months and so to see the shuttle make its first trip along Hawthorne Drive this morning was a great moment.

“Based on the conversations we’ve had with members of our community, we believe the demand for Park and Ride is there. This is Day One of a 12-month trial and we actively encourage people to give it a go and give us their feedback.

GoBus CEO Calum Haslop (L) and Queenstown Airport Chief Executive Colin Keel

“We’re starting off with an 11-seater shuttle, to gauge what the actual demand is against the research we’ve done but will be monitoring customer feedback daily and making adjustments as needed to ensure we provide the best service we can.  We have a great provider in GoBus and we can quickly scale up the shuttle frequency or capacity should the need arise,” said Mr Keel.

GoBus CEO Calum Haslop said the GoBus team is “really excited to be a part of the airport’s car parking and transport vision”.

“We’re looking forward to partnering with Queenstown Airport on a solution to the long-standing problem around car parking and transport options in the area,” said Calum.

“We’re very committed to the Southern Lakes region and will continue to invest in transport opportunities down here,” said Mr Haslop.

The first Park and Ride passenger, Paul Hibbett, receives his free coffee and cupcake from GoBus driver John Doyle

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