ACCC slams Sydney, Melbourne Airport parking charges

By Chris Chamberlin, March 24 2016

Australia’s consumer watchdog the ACCC is rebuking the country’s major airports – particular those in Sydney and Melbourne – over the prices charged for airport parking, resulting in exorbitant profit margins at the expense of value for travellers.

In its latest Airport Monitoring Report 2014-15, the ACCC identifies Melbourne Airport as the worst offender with owner Australia Pacific Airports (Melbourne) Pty Ltd booking 73.2 cents in the dollar from parking revenue as pure profit.

That represents a mark-up of over 270% on the actual costs of building, running and maintaining the parking facilities, with Sydney Airport not far behind in converting 71.6 cents from every parking dollar earned into profit.

Brisbane and Perth Airports also enjoyed generous margins on airport parking of 67.2% and 63.7% respectively, which the ACCC attributed to a “lack of competitive pressure” from other providers.

While booking a car space online can sometimes avoid paying the full sticker price, the ACCC also found that the best savings were typically had when parking for longer durations, rather than shorter stays which weren’t as discounted.

“The ACCC found that consumers parking at the airports could save up to 66.5 per cent for longer durations by booking online,” said ACCC Chairman Rod Sims.

“Consumers should consider all of their options, including whether they could obtain a cheaper rate by booking online or using an off-airport parking operator,” Sims added.

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Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

jet_setter

jet_setter

Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles

01 Feb 2015

Total posts 113

Rightly so, disgusting what Sydney Airport charge for an hour. 

cssaus

cssaus

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

29 Jan 2011

Total posts 152

Last year Sydney Airport had a deal going that by booking online you could obtain a fairly good saving, especially on long term stays.

This year.....nothing!!!

aussieboyaussie

aussieboyaussie

20 Aug 2012

Total posts 114

Pretty sad when the parking costs you more than the actual airfare LOL.

Grannular

Grannular

31 Mar 2014

Total posts 287

ACCC won't do anything about it. Just say naughty naughty. In a week everyone would have forgotten and the airports keep doing what they are doing.

At the end of the day, you privatise the airports and whoever bought them, will do what they can to make more money. Especially when there isn't any alternative

1a2a3a

1a2a3a

28 Mar 2016

Total posts 1

Genuine question, does anyone know the reasoning behind privatising all our national airports? Not even in the land of the free are the airports there privatised.

RaptorNation158

RaptorNation158

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Aug 2014

Total posts 513

What's gonna happen?

 

 

 

Nothing.

CBRQF

CBRQF

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Jul 2011

Total posts 32

What would you like them to do that is within their legislative powers? 

Price gouging isnt illegal. 

prutten82

prutten82

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

16 May 2013

Total posts 25

ACCC are useless.

Sydney & Melbourne Airport officials aren't scared of these clowns.....NOT ONE BIT.


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