Residents demand end of airport parking fee

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ISLAMABAD: The residents of the twin cities have demanded of the authorities concerned to stop charging car parking and collection of entry fee at Benazir Bhutto International Airport.

Talking to newsman, a visitor, Baqir Sajjad, said that the Civil Aviation Authority-hired contractor charges parking fee of over Rs 40 from every visitor for three hours and would charge extra money for additional time. He said that the CAA was charging entry fee without providing any additional facility to visitors while the administrations of other airports in the country charge no such fee.

Another visitor, Tanveer said that the authority has clearly written on the token that every person is responsible for his own vehicle in case of theft and damage. He said the entry fee is unjustified but the airport management is not willing to end this.

Speaking to newsman, one other person, Muhammad Aslam, said that the people who came to the airport to drop passengers were being charged Rs 20 to 40 whereas the cars belonging to the government or lawmakers were allowed entry without any charges. He demanded of the CAA to direct its contractor not to collect the airport entry and car-parking fee from the people.

The CAA official said that the authority imposed entry tickets to lessen the growing number of visitors, as there was not enough space to house them.

He said they had advertised in newspapers requesting passengers not to bring many visitors along but all our efforts went in vain. He said the entry fee led to 20 percent decline in the number of people visiting the airport. According to him, overcrowding was also posing security threats.



Courtesy: Daily Times


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