Airport Developments Limited (ADL) has introduced automated parking system where users of services at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) will be paying a designated fee based on the time their vehicles have spent in the airport premises.
ADL chief executive officer (CEO) Rodrick Chattaika said the fees will be up to K3 000 ($5) based on whether the vehicle is parked at an open space or covered and the duration.
He said if one spends between zero to 20 minutes at an open parking space, there will be no charge, but from 21 minutes to one hour parking in an open space, the fee is K300 while on the covered parking space, it is K500 ($0.83).
If one parks the vehicle for two to four hours, the charges are K500 and K800 at open and covered space respectively while for 24 hours, it is K2 200 ($3.66) and K3 000 ($5).
Said Chattaika, “The system ensures enhancement of safety, security of the users by providing a record when one entered the [airport] facility, used and time left. It can complement happenings and a trace of events in case of negative occurrences as supported by Airports Council International [ACI] and International Air Transport Association [IATA].”
One of the regular users of the premises, Charles Sawasawa, said he does not have problems with the new system.
He said: “As long as the implementation of the system is going to be what ADL is saying, I have no problem with the system. In fact, if you compare the charges of similar services in the region, you will find out that ours is on the lower side.”
According to Chattaika, this is part of public sector reform process which government is implementing to improve public service delivery. n