At the urging of Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, The Productivity Commission has taken a peek at the pricing for Melbourne Airport Parking.
Now you ask anyone how they feel about the cost of parking at Melbourne Airport, and you will get one answer only. Rip off!
In fact Vic Roads in cahoots with Melbourne Airport and erected barriers to prevent people parking on the edge of the freeway leading to Airport, while those parked waited for the call to collect someone.
Can any of you tell me of anyone who says, Melbourne Airport parking charges are very reasonable and fair? Perhaps you move in different circles to me and you may know such a person. I do not.
Melbourne Airport was privatised in 1997 and is leased from the federal government and run by Australian Pacific Airports Corporation, its major shareholders being AMP, Deutsche and Hastings Fund Management.
All private companies are there to make a profit. So how do they make a profit? They charge airlines landing fees, retail shops pay rent, office rents and car parking. A whole one fifth of their revenue, that is 20%, comes from car parking.
Well, it is a damn good thing that the Productivity Commission looked at the usurious car parking charges.
They have published their report. Oh, the charges are not excessive.
Hundreds of thousands of people think they are, and one little select group does not. How is $12 for one hour of parking when you are collecting or taking someone to airport not a rip off?
If I am looking for a punch on the nose, I might quote the findings of the report to the next person I hear moaning about Melbourne Airport's car parking charges.
If you want to torture yourself, a direct link in the wider report is here.
Of course we could built a train line to the airport like Sydney and experience even more outrages, but we would have to make certain nonsense doesn't happen as when governments get mixed up with private companies.
Later edit: I don't normally read comments on stories at The Age. I do at the Herald Sun at times, and then roll my eyes at the general lack of logic. But hey, the comments at The Age on this story are perfectly accurate.