For the sake of the $55 million airport renovation project, we can understand months of inconvenience. What we can’t understand is extorting passengers, for the sake of $2 a pop.
As Cayman Islands Airports Authority officials announced earlier this week, and as anyone who has been to the Owen Roberts International Airport recently will have noticed, work on the terminal expansion project is moving into areas being used by travelers — specifically the large outdoor canopy, departure lounge and check-in lobby.
During this phase of construction, officials advised passengers to arrive at the airport earlier than usual, and suggested, while drop-off curb access is closed, that motorists use the short-term parking lot to drop off passengers instead.
Fair enough. Safety first, expediency second.
What’s not fair, however, is that drive-in/drop-off/drive-out motorists are now being exposed to the chronically dysfunctional airport parking system — and are being forced to pay $2 for the experience!
(Not to mention, now having to park and leave their vehicles, in order to interact with the frustratingly unfriendly pay machines, before obtaining egress privileges from the oft out-of-order card reader machines at the exit.)
So far, the $873,000 parking system upgrade has amounted to an aggravation. Last month, we suggested that government set the cost of airport parking at zero until the system is fixed.
With exponentially more “just dropping-off” motorists about to feel bilked by the parking machines, even when they are functioning, now until the end of the departure lounge construction phase seems like an ideal time to offer complimentary access to the short-term parking lot.