Car hire suppliers and shuttle operators based at Malaga Airport say the closure of a vehicle wait zone is giving them big problems. Spanish national airport operator AENA closed off the wait zone outside Terminal 3 last month in an attempt to improve traffic throughput at the airport.
The ban on drivers and vehicles waiting outside the terminal applies to hire cars, taxis, shuttle service operators, goods vehicles and private cars. AENA has set up a car park with 300 dedicated spaces for short-term waits. Although these are free, waiting is limited to 15 minutes at a time.
Car hire representatives and public transport operators have already met with AENA officials to try and iron out the problem. They say they have not had any luck so far and may have to resort to demonstrating or picket lines to show they mean business.
One local driver said the ban was seriously impacting on business and warned that small operators could go bankrupt unless something was done. He added that it just was not feasible for hire car suppliers to park vehicles for 15 minutes and hope the renter turned up within the allotted time.
Another noted that short-term parking zone was not as close to the terminal buildings and drivers and hirers could get wet if it rained. The group say traffic flow at the airport has not improved and say it will probably deteriorate once the tourist high season starts.