So, the new airport terminal has opened. An interesting feature about the new terminal is the clever way that Mr Snow has managed to completely remove any option for a curbside pick up after passengers have landed (okay, the signs said that you weren’t supposed to do this before, but everyone did). So – to pick up a passenger, close to the terminal, you now have no choice but to enter the multi-story car-park and pay the associated fees. Apparently the first ten minutes of parking are free, but I certainly had to cough up $1.80 on Monday when I tried to quickly pick up my passengers…. it takes a good ten minutes just to enter the car-park and drive around to find a place to wait.
Okay, $1.80 is small change, but it is extremely inconvenient for passengers, especially disabled, elderly or those with multiple bags to have to make their way onto the elevators and into the car park – when once they could have just walked out of the terminal and been picked up from the curb.
The crap about curbside pickups being a ‘security concern’ doesn’t gel, as most Australian airports actively accommodate the ability to pick up passengers quickly, efficiently and for free, and have designated pick-up zones for this purpose. Surely drop offs are actually more of a security concern – but these are apparently still permitted. I’m sorry Mr Snow – but this is bullshit … profitable bullshit for you I’m sure, but bullshit all the same.