Airport Arrivals Pick-up Lane

Yesterday I had to run to the airport to pick an arriving guest, sadly 9 pm is peak rush hour on Shahrae Faisal and ended up showing well after my guests had exited the terminal. In such a situation the only option is to knowingly cough up Rs.20 for parking which you will never use and proceed straight to the pickup area to collect your guest, never to have even parked in the parking area at all.

I tend to feel the closure of the pick-up lane happens to be another scam orchestrated by the security agencies in collaboration with the parking attendants hence forcing all visitors to pay money to park their vehicles even if it were only for a quick pick-up. The departure drop-off is I feel reasonably well managed by the traffic police, its usually a chaotic situation but with some effort they keep a good control on all idling vehicles. The same can surely be done on the pick-up lane, whats holding them back?

The CAA/FIA usually throws out a lame excuse of it being a security threat, then we all can argue, what about the drop-off lane which is exactly in the same vicinity. Credit is surely given to CAA/FIA for having successfully controlled the drop-off lanes, why can’t the same effort be repeated in the pick-up area

All said, we all know the Pakistani mentality, if you open the pick-up lane its quickly bound to become a huge parking lot and no one will ever park their cars in the designated parking lot so technically the parking company ends up with a massive loss of revenue, we may never know that the contract could have been awarded on the condition that the pick-up lane is to remain closed to the pubic, a perfect clause to ensure a steady stream of revenue.

I now ask you all what can be done other than bickering about this issue …

11 Comments so far

  1. wellwisher (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 5:42 pm

    I think that they should charge Rupees 40 for entering the pick up side of the airport whether you park or not.
    But if you get to the allocated parking area you will get the Rupees 20 back..

    I mean a compulsory Rs 20 fine if you do not park in the correct area.

    At the pick-up lane parking time shall not exceed maybe 5 minutes or definitely less and they shall make separated parking with an automatic parking toll machine like that in foreign countries. If you exceed the time limit, the machine will blare a siren or a red light will be automatically switched on. A guard will approach to collect the fine…

    We people tend to follow rules when someone with authority is watching.. Know the “Danda” (stick).

  2. Gibran (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 7:49 pm

    I agree that if the pickup lane is opened and is free that most of our fellow Pakistanis will end up parking there for long periods of time and generally mucking things up.

    Maybe there should be a Rs.10 fee for the pickup lane. I know it sounds insane to charge for the pickup lane but at least that way both sides benifit.

  3. Original-Anon (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 8:22 pm

    Give people parking slips with the entry time stamped on it and make parking free for the first half hour.

  4. danny (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 10:43 pm

    @Orginal-Anon: I agree that is the best option. That is also what is done at Washington DC’s Dulles Airport.

    Alternatively, my way for getting around paying Rs 20 (and I may regret posting this here and giving it away) is to actually use the Departure lane to pick up arriving passengers. I request that they come upstairs to the departure area and then just drive up and pick them up there. With a bit of cellphone coordination you can drive up at exactly the same moment your passengers get to the curb.

    But once again, I’d like to reiterate that Original Anon’s suggestion is probably the best…perhaps to make it more attractive to the Airport authorities, the time limit can be shortened to 15-20 minutes instead of a full half hour.

  5. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 11:12 pm

    Danny – dont worry it ain’t a top notch secret – the method is only possible with passengers coming in probably on a local flight carrying a light load of luggage unlike a typical Pakistani group returning with a truck-load of stuff when coming from an international destination.

    Any clue if the lifts are working in the terminal – I have always seen the elevators abandoned as if practically dead?

  6. mansoor (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 12:59 am

    The CAA/FIA usually throws out a lame excuse of it being a security threat The CAA/FIA usually throws out a lame excuse of it being a security threat

  7. Saad (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 2:02 am

    Maybe parking fee should be reduced or in accordance with how long you stay. Taxis should be able to go in and out for free. Flights are late 20% of the time so i dont think people would respect the 15 minute free policy.

  8. wasiq (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 2:47 am

    picking up guests at the big city airports is a very bad habit….must be discouraged.surely if they can fly for thousands of miles can they not commute a couple of miles..?

  9. mansoor (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 8:28 am

    wasiq: its the mehmaan nawazi culture here… thats why we *have* to go pick up ppl… warna zamana kya kahega ;)

  10. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 12:37 pm

    If its a close friend and ur someone like me, whose always late in picking up ppl from the airport. I usually tell em to take the elevator or stairs to the upper floor. You can just drive into drop lane and pick em up from there, its technically wrong but saves alot of time.. specially if the next persons waiting for last 20 minutes and cursing =)

  11. wasiq (unregistered) on July 29th, 2006 @ 2:35 am

    @ Oh ya! i remember that ** culture** very well.It was so Rampant in our home as well before the ,internet,and the low-cut jeans…..
    BTW, Do the followers of this CULTure still get deodorant sprays (i used to get them a lot!),also please update on the trends if you guys are getting anything other than BRUT.

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