Airport parking in Timaru lands $40,000 revenue in first five months

Paid parking at Timaru's Richard Pearse Airport has created $40,000 in revenue during its first five months of operation.
The Timaru District Council (TDC) introduced a daily parking charge of $5 in August 2018 for those parked at the airport for more than three hours.
It came on the back of a $1.3 million upgrade of the airport terminal and carparking in 2018.
TDC communications manager Stephen Doran said paid parking at the airport had collected $40,258 since August. 

Park and pay has been in operation for five months at Timaru's Richard Pearse Airport.
Doran said the money raised from parking charges was funding the cost of improvements at the airport and car park.

The car park has 96 spaces and is automated so users pay when they exit.
The upgrade work increased the 450 square metre terminal to cover almost 600 square metres.

It costs $5 to park at Timaru's Richard Pearse Airport for more than three hours.
A new baggage collection area, modern decor, better seating facilities, lighting and upgraded entrances and exits were included.
The development also incorporated a more environmentally sustainable facility, with all stormwater runoff being treated.
The modernisation project was approved by the council in 2015.
The need for increased capacity was reinforced when Air New Zealand introduced bigger, 50-seat Q300 planes to the Timaru-Wellington service. The original upgrade plan was expected to need a budget of $875,000. This was increased to $1.3m after consultation with Air New Zealand.