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Athens International Airport Implements Automatic System to Improve Traffic and Prevent Illegal Park

 

Original article: tvxs.gr


Starting on June 7th, the Athens International Airport "El. Venizelos" will implement an automatic system with tilting bars in the road access sections of departures and arrivals. This system aims to avoid congestion and illegal parking and to ensure a high level of service for travelers and drivers. The new configuration of entrances and exits will be controlled with an automatic system of tilting bars that allow a crossing, stopping, and exiting time of 10 minutes. During this time, the stay of vehicles for disembarking/boarding passengers will be free of charge.


Parking view of Athens International Airpoport
AIA Parking

How the system works in Athens International Airport

Exceeding the 10-minute free stay will result in a charge of 5 euros for the next 10 minutes, and after 20 minutes of stay, there will be an additional charge of 1 euro. However, special provisions will apply to travelers with reduced mobility and increased needs, and free parking in P1 & P2 Short Term spaces for 20 minutes will continue to apply to all users.

According to the AIA, the new system's procedure is simple and easy to follow. Drivers stop in front of the tilting bars, and the camera reads the car's front license plate while the driver presses the ticket button and collects the ticket. The bar opens, and the driver enters the controlled access area, where they can park in specially designed short-term parking spaces on the right or left side of the road. They will have 10 minutes of free stop to say goodbye or welcome their traveler before heading to the exit and stopping at the bars again.

If the stay exceeds the 10-minute limit, there will be corresponding charges, with payment made at the machine with cash or card. The maximum length of stay in the area cannot exceed 60 minutes, and for vehicles that stay longer than 1 hour, it is planned to remove them from the area with a crane.

The AIA states that the goal of the project is not to charge or burden users, but rather to quickly adapt drivers to a more functional and fair use of the spaces for all. International experience shows that similar systems are a widespread and successful practice in most major European airports. Any sums that may come from non-compliance of drivers and exceeding the time will be allocated by the AIA for planning, support, and implementation of programs of the Institute of Road Safety "Panos Mylonas".

In conclusion, the new automatic system of tilting bars in the road access sections of departures and arrivals of the Athens International Airport is an important and imperative improvement to ensure efficient traffic flow and a high level of service for travelers and drivers.



 

Facts:


  • Starting June 7th, the Athens International Airport will implement an automatic system of tilting bars to regulate access to the road sections of arrivals and departures.

  • The aim of this system is to prevent congestion and illegal parking, as well as to ensure a high level of service for travelers and drivers.

  • The new system allows for a 10-minute free stay for vehicles to disembark or board passengers.

  • Exceeding the 10-minute free stay will result in charges of 5 euros for the next 10 minutes, and an additional charge of 1 euro after 20 minutes.

  • Special provisions apply to travelers with reduced mobility and increased needs, and free parking for 20 minutes will continue to apply to all users in P1 and P2 Short Term spaces.

  • The procedure for using the new system is simple and involves drivers stopping in front of the tilting bars and collecting a ticket.

  • Drivers can park in specially designed short-term parking spaces on the right or left side of the road during the 10-minute free stay.

  • The maximum length of stay in the area cannot exceed 60 minutes, and vehicles that stay longer than 1 hour will be removed with a crane.

  • The AIA emphasizes that the goal of the project is not to charge or burden users but to encourage fair use of the spaces for all.

  • The implementation of similar systems has been successful in most major European airports.

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