Friday, July 17, 2015

Changes at Alicante-Elche Airport

Those of you who go to Alicante-Elche Airport departures to drop off visitors need to be aware that there will be a new barrier system operating at departures.

There has always been a limit on the time you could park there but it has been difficult to enforce. Only on a couple of occasions have we seen police taking car registration numbers to monitor the time that people stay. Clearly there have been many who have abused the system and parked there well over the limit. That has made it difficult for legitimate users to find a space particularly in the summer months and at peak times.

How does this affect us?

Pam and I use a company called Plane Parking to look after my car whilst we are away. Unlike other parking services where you drop off your car at a depot and are then taken by minibus to the airport, Plane Parking pick up your car from departures. They then bring your car back to departures on your return.

Because of the new barrier system, we are advised to arrive at the airport at the time we have booked and not before. This should give the Plane Parking people chance to book us in and take the car away within the time limit.

On our return, we are asked to phone Plane Parking once we have cleared the baggage reclaim hall to let them know. Only then will they bring our car to departures for us to collect.

Those who want to drop people off and wait with them would be better off parking in the multi-storey car park where they will pay less for their time than they would at departures.  

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