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Shannon introduces ‘Ireland’s cheapest airport parking’

Brian Aherne, head of commercial, and Andrew Murphy, chief commercial officer, Shannon Airport, at the launch of the airport's new online parking offer. Picture: Eamon Ward

Brian Aherne, head of commercial, and Andrew Murphy, chief commercial officer, Shannon Airport, at the launch of the airport's new online parking offer. Picture: Eamon Ward

  • by Mike Dwane
 

SHANNON has introduced an online offer it says makes the airport Ireland’s cheapest for parking.

The Park4Less service began this week to coincide with the commencement of nine new routes at Shannon this summer. An introductory offer of €24.99 for a week’s parking will apply for the next month.

The system is for online use only and allows holidaymakers park at the former Long-Term 4 Car Park adjacent to the air traffic control tower. While the car park is a longer distance away than the parking area in front of the terminal building, it can be easily walked within 10 minutes.

Shannon boss Neil Pakey had identified cheaper car parking as an issue that needed to be addressed early into his tenure as CEO.

Until now, long-term parking at Shannon has cost €9.50 a day and €47.50 per week.

Announcing the new offer this Tuesday, Brian Aherne, head of commercial at Shannon Airport, said that the decision to introduce the lower fares online option was in response to customer feedback.

“We continually seek feedback from passengers to help us improve our overall service and as a result we are delighted to introduce our new cheaper online car parking option. We are looking forward to a busy summer season with nine new destinations and are keen to ensure that our passengers have a great start to their holiday,” he said.

Payment for the Park4Less service will be by credit or debit card and passengers will need to have the same card with them to gain access and entry.

“Our aim is to be the most competitive online parking at an Irish airport,” Mr Aherne said.

“We are starting with an introductory offer of €24.99 per week. The Park4Less car park is approximately a seven-to-nine minute walk from the airport terminal building and families can also be dropped off at the new set-down and pick up area outside the airport before the driver parks in the car park.

“The most important thing for people to remember when they book is that they must have the same credit or debit card with them on departure.”

Park4Less, a spokesman said, was part of a wider investment in parking at Shannon.

The airport has spent close to €300,000 on a covered walk-way, additional parking spaces for disabled drivers, resurfacing, line-marking and a new exit for the new set-down area and short term car park. The new system, the spokesman explained, had been put in place to address security, safety and operational considerations at the front of the terminal building.

The new facilities mean that set-down and pick up directly outside the terminal building is now only for designated operators, including public bus services. However, to facilitate drivers, they will be allowed 15 minutes free parking in the set-down area to drop off passengers and luggage. For further details, see the airport’s website www.shannonairport.ie.

 

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