Dublin Airport says parking price fluctuations come down to supply and demand

Dublin Airport has blamed increased demand and the closure of a nearby private car park for rising parking fees in recent months.

Arching has become increasingly difficult, especially at peak times like weekends, and the closure of the 3,500-space Quick Park facility has added to the problem.

It comes amid reports that commuters have seen car parking fees doubled in some cases.

A spokesman for the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) said that the price of car parking at Dublin Airport fluctuates depending on a number of factors, notably the time of year and the demand for parking at that time.

The DAA manages 18,500 parking spaces throughout the campus.

“This dynamic pricing model means that sometimes a customer can pay less or more than they might have paid previously, which allows us to effectively manage parking demand, ensuring that all those who need to park at the airport of Dublin can do it,” said Kevin Cullinane. , responsible for the communication group DAA.

“With Dublin Airport getting busier once again, some passengers will pay more for parking in the coming weeks and months than they would have in the last two years when the airport was much quieter, at just 5% of 2019 traffic and demand for parking has dropped significantly, resulting in more discounted deals online.

“To get the best available parking rates, we encourage customers to book online in advance to take advantage of significant savings compared to our gate prices and best available deals. We also encourage passengers, where possible, to travel to Dublin Airport via the many public transport options available,” he added.

In the run-up to Easter, Dublin Airport used social media to warn travelers that parking was in high demand and advised people to book early.

The airport has become increasingly busy since the Covid-19 restrictions were lifted.

Meanwhile, Dublin Airport’s controversial plans to install a toll system for a new drop-off and pick-up zone have been appealed to An Bord Pleanala after Fingal County Council granted permission.

Independent Fingal Councilor Joe Newman launched a challenge against the controversial proposal.

Cllr Newman’s appeal to An Bord Pleanála included an introduction by Senator Emer Currie of Fine Gael. In her presentation criticizing the planned toll system, Ms Currie stated that “Dublin Airport Authority has reduced the Irish tradition of gathering family and friends at the airport or welcoming family home for Christmas to a money making exercise.

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