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Airport parking: Passengers blamed for high parking ticket prices | news.com.au

Despite masses of complaints from the public, the Productivity Commission has defended the cost of parking at Australian airports, which often exceeds the cost of an airline ticket.

A draft report released today claims consumers place too much value on “convenience” and the cost is justified.

“Many consumers resent the price of parking at a major airport because a few hours in a

short-term car park close to the terminal building can cost more than an airline ticket,” the report read.

“(Airports) are the sole provider and there are no substitutes for people who want the convenience of parking within a short walk to the terminal.

“People value the convenience of parking close to the terminal buildings. The

premium that users are prepared to pay for limited space close to terminals creates locational rents.”

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