first_imgOff the back of technological upgrades and new terminal announcements, Melbourne Airport has released plans to introduce a new free waiting zone for family and friends to pick up inbound travellers.Located in a designated area within the Long Term Car Park, the new Ring and Ride waiting zone allows drivers to park to up to 20 minutes for free and 20 to 40 minutes for just two dollars before collecting arrivals from the terminal forecourt area.In a statement, Melbourne Airport chief executive Chris Woodruff explained the system was designed as a response to customer feedback and would help settle concerns over drivers parking illegally on the Tullamarine Freeway. “This also led to congestion in our terminal forecourt as drivers did repeated laps while they waited o pick up their passengers,” Mr Woodruff said. “Now, drivers can use the ‘Ring& Ride’ waiting zone until their passenger calls to say they are ready to be picked up from the front of the terminal.” For passengers looking to stay parked longer than 40 minutes, the price jumps up to $4 for up to an hour and returns to normal Long Term Car Park rates after one hour.As well as free parking, the airport also said it will provide up to 10 additional pick-up bays as part of redevelopment to its terminal forecourt.Mr Woodruff concluded that the two new changes would also help relieve congestion at Tullamarine as well as create ease for incoming arrivals and their pick-ups.Earlier this month Melbourne Airport also released plans to build a $300 million passenger terminal.Expected completion by 2014 the new terminal would be located south of Terminal Three. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more