The car access rules and temporary parking for passengers drop offs and pick ups will be changed starting today, Thursday 21st May.
All private users who want to drop or pick up passengers at the airport are entitled to 10 minutes free in the area known as “curbside”, located opposite the terminal.
“This way, the experience of dropping or picking up someone at Faro airport will be smoother, more convenient and faster, as users can stop right next to the terminal”, mentioned the ANA Airports, in a news release.
The Management Company from Faro Airport warned that this new rule has daily limits. “The goal is to discourage the intensive use of the curbside, charging on the third use over a period of 24 hours”, according to ANA.
As for professional users, the rules are different. Public buses are free. Taxis that drop off passengers do not pay any fee for using the Bus range in Departures. Taxi’s passengers pick ups will remain at the space currently available for this purpose, which will be accessible to people with valid authorization. Tour buses and shuttles from hotels will have their own spaces suitable for access to the airport (spaces P5 and P6 respectively). The rent-a-car Companies with no facilities at Faro airport already have appointed parking (on a retainer basis)
This new rule was adopted, according to ANA Airports, due to ‘operational constraints and environmental impacts, registered at the curbside zone mostly motivated by misuse of external private and commercial users to ANA’s airport activities.
“Given the identified congestion, the aim is to streamline the access to passenger terminals, in order to promote operational efficiency, security and environmental sustainability of its use,”
“The curbside is a space of critical and reserved utilization and should not be used as extended parking spot, which can interfere on the appropriate levels of operational safety and access to terminals. It is vital to encourage responsible use of these spaces in order to provide a better experience for all users” reinforced the ANA.
The system that will now be installed in Faro “is a concept much used in other airports in Europe and the world”, quoted “Kiss & Fly”.
Among others, this system is used in Helsinki, Prague, Marseille, Basel-Mulhouse International Airport, Paris – Orly, Geneve, Paris CDG, Chicago O’Hare, JFK, Brussels, Wroclaw, Charlotte-Douglas, Bologna, Tallinn, Dortmund, Gatwick, San Francisco, Nice and Heathrow.