Melbourne Airport has introduced a new ‘Ring and Ride’ waiting area in its long term car park, where drivers can wait for arriving passengers to phone to say that they are ready to be picked up from the airport’s terminal.
According to the Australian Business Traveller, Airport CEO Chris Woodruff explained that the Ring & Ride area was created in response to "growing concern about drivers parking illegally on the Tullamarine Freeway or other roadways while they waited to pick up arriving passengers." Melbourne Airport is also hoping that this will reduce congestion in front of the terminal.
The first twenty minutes in the Ring & Ride zone will be free, while a 20-40 minute wait will cost $2 and up to an hour, $4. After the hour, regular long term parking charges will apply.
Ten extra pick-up bays will also come into play at the terminals this week, following the extensive forecourt reconstruction works that have taken place over the past few months.