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The cost of airport parking in Sydney

A recent look at airport parking in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane airports uncovered just how much travellers are getting ripped off compared to those using similar facilities in Adelaide and Perth. Sydney Airport parking charges travellers as much as $15 for their first hour of short-term airport parking, while Melbourne charges $12 and Brisbane, $10. Compare these prices to the West Australian rate of $5.40, and the Adelaide levy of $4.

Australian airports have been accused of exploiting their customers with exorbitant airport parking costs, with the major airports along the east coast being the worst offenders. A recent look at airport parking in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane airports uncovered just how much travellers are getting ripped off compared to those using similar facilities in Adelaide and Perth. Sydney Airport parking charges travellers as much as $15 for their first hour of short-term airport parking, while Melbourne charges $12 and Brisbane, $10. Compare these prices to the West Australian rate of $5.40, and the Adelaide levy of $4.

In terms of gross profits, Melbourne Airport is making much more from airport parking fees than any other major Australian airport. Melbourne Airport collected over $94 million in airport parking fees in the last financial year, a figure which towered over Sydney - despite Sydney airport processing the greatest number of passengers. Airport parking only accounted for under 8 percent of Sydney Airport's revenue, while Melbourne Airport's parking accounted for 20.5 percent. These figures have sparked calls for a rail link to Melbourne Airport, to match those found at Sydney and Brisbane.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has reported higher operating margins for all the monitored airports, and expects airport parking to continue to rise. According to the ACCC, airports are in a position to set higher prices, because of the lack airport parking alternatives, such as off-site airport parking, and public transport services. Consumers then, have no choice but to bite the bullet of exorbitantly priced airport parking.

Independent airport parking facilities are also facing pressure from the high demand for airport parking at Sydney Airport, with an increasing volume of travellers opting to park further away from Sydney Airport to avoid the ridiculous charges. However, other airports like Tullamarine have defended their airport parking costs, arguing that they had not increased for over two years despite competition from the growing number of long-term airport parking facilities in the airport's vicinityArticle Submission, providing economical alternatives to on-site airport parking.

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Independent airport parking facilities are also facing pressure from the high demand for airport parking at Sydney Airport, with an increasing volume of travellers opting to park further away from Sydney Airport to avoid the ridiculous charges.



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