"Just unfair": Criticism of this summer's increase in the cost of parking at Dublin Airport

“Just unfair”: Criticism of this summer’s increase in the cost of parking at Dublin Airport

The operator of Dublin Airport has been criticized over the prices for long-term parking as customers report increases during the hectic summer travel period.

The DAA has said it uses a “dynamic pricing model” for car parking fees, which varies depending on factors such as time of year and demand.

A customer noted an increase of € 70 for a ten-day period in the long-term car park, compared to the same time just a couple of months earlier.

Another person paid 53 € for nine days parking in September 2021 and when they recently booked a trip this month they were charged 74,50 € for just four days.

A search of Journals on the DAA’s booking system revealed that four days of mid-week parking at the end of June will cost € 119 – this increases to € 139 if the four-day period includes a weekend.

Fingal TD and Labor Party Transport spokesman Duncan Smith branded the practice “unfair”.

“Until there is sufficient public transport to the airport – and fundamental to that is the delivery of Metrolink – it is unfair to try to earn or increase revenue through any parking or driving fee against anyone who uses the airport, whether they are travelers or they pick up folk, he said.

“Many people have to drive a car and being punished too much with a parking fee is simply unfair.

“The DAA has a job to do to turn its reputation around in Ireland and I think they need to reflect on that over the summer.”

In a statement, Graeme McQueen, head of media relations at DAA, said that the price of car parking at Dublin Airport fluctuates due to several factors, “especially the time of year and the demand for parking at that time”.

“This dynamic pricing model means that sometimes a customer can pay less or more than they may have done in the past, enabling DAA to efficiently manage the demand for parking, ensuring that all those who need to park at Dublin Airport can do so.” , he said.

McQueen said the airport is currently experiencing very high demand for car parking as the number of people flying from Dublin continues to increase sharply.

He said the number of available parking spaces at Dublin Airport is being “further pressured” due to the fact that a privately run Quick Park car park on the airport’s campus has not reopened after Covid. This means that there are approximately 6,000 fewer parking spaces at the airport – approximately 30% of the total supply of long-term parking.

“We have tried to work with Quick Park to see these spaces put back into operation for the hectic summer months ahead, but these discussions have unfortunately failed,” he said.

“This will greatly increase the pressure on the availability of car parking at Dublin Airport during the summer months. Therefore, we strongly recommend that passengers book parking well in advance to secure a seat. We continue to explore all options that allow us to increase the number of available parking spaces at Dublin Airport. “

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The DAA also encountered criticism after chaotic scenes at Dublin’s airport security at the end of last month, which resulted in more than 1,000 people missing their flights in one day.

Since then, the airport operator has put in place a plan to improve queue management, maximize the availability of staff and increase the number of safety lanes that are open during rush hour.

The airport management has said that the plane works well and despite a hectic holiday, the measures ensured that passengers did not miss their flights due to long queues.

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