Ticketless parking at Marlborough Airport

Marlborough Airport has introduced a new license plate recognition system so that people parking at the airport no longer need to use paper tickets to pay when departing.

Marlborough Airport director of operations and security Steve Holtum says the old ticket-based system was expensive and error-prone, with people often losing or damaging their tickets.

“The new license plate system, introduced on Tuesday September 20, is much more user-friendly and provides a better experience for people parking at the airport,” he said.

“When people enter the parking lot, the new system reads the vehicle’s license plate and the door opens. At the end of their stay, before leaving the car park, drivers simply enter their license plate number into one of the parking machines and pay for their stay in cash or by card. When leaving the car park, the exit gate will recognize that payment has been made and the barrier will rise automatically.

“If customers forget to pay at one of the machines, it is also possible to pay at the exit gate using paywave or by credit card, but no receipt will be issued,” he said.

Mr Holtum said that while parking fees remain the same, the new system also allows free parking for 15 minutes in the main car park and daily charging, which will result in savings for some people.

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