November 30, 2022

Free half hour parking for longer goodbyes and happier hellos!

Launceston Airport is introducing half an hour free parking for airport visitors to increase convenience and reduce congestion within the terminal forecourt.

From 2 December, family and friends will be able to park free in Launceston Airport’s short-term carpark for up to 30 minutes, to facilitate pick-ups and drop-offs in the terminal.

The change follows a review of the airport’s car park pricing, with rates to increase on 2 December for the first time in more than four years.

Launceston Airport CEO Shane O’Hare said the change will benefit thousands of Tasmanians seeing off loved ones or welcoming them home.

“We expect a significant number of people will now take advantage of our new 30-minute free offer in the short-term car park, which is the closest car park to the terminals,” he said.

“A recent review of our car parks found the short-term car park is often being occupied by long-stay parkers, which creates congestion in that car park and means people end up paying more than they would if they’d parked in the long-term car park.

“Our new pricing structure encourages people to park in the location that’s right for their needs and budget.

“These changes will support investment in future car park expansion as well as technology to improve the customer experience.

“We understand there is never a good time to increase prices, but our rates remain significantly lower than comparable regional airports in Tasmania and on the mainland, including Hobart Airport.

“For a three-day weekend trip away, parking at our undercover car park will be on par with or cheaper than a return taxi fare to the airport.

"We’ll have clear signage on site and information on our website to help people make the right choice for them.”

Australia Pacific Airports (Launceston) acknowledges the First Nations people and Traditional Owners of Tasmania including the Land that Launceston Airport operates on. We pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all other First Nations People.