The Greater Sudbury Airport has gone to a coin-free, pay-by-licence-plate parking system in their short-term parking lots.
The Sudbury Airport Community Development Corporation has prioritized making parking easy and convenient for airport guests by incorporating HotSpot mobile app payments and tap debit and credit card payments at the pay stations.
“Improvements to the airport continue to be a priority of the SACDC Board," said Todd Tripp, airport CEO, in a press release.
“Coin-free parking and the HotSpot mobile app provide visitors with a new level of convenience and an easier way to pay for parking when they access the terminal,” Tripp adds.
The Sudbury Airport is offering two easy to use payment solutions.
“Visitors can download the HotSpot mobile parking app from Google Play or the App Store and pay while still sitting inside their vehicle or pay at one of the four conveniently located pay stations in the lot or in the terminal,” said Tim Norwood, manager of airport security and terminal operations.
Parking is enforced by airport security using handheld licence plate scanners. It is important to know your licence plate number of your vehicle prior leaving your vehicle, as you pay by entering your licence plate number into the pay station or app.
This significantly reduces the volume of paper receipts generated, as visitors no longer are required to place their payment receipts on the dash of the vehicle.
Nathan Armstrong is vice-president of the HotSpot Parking app and says it's designed to be user-friendly.
"We have a 24-7 in-house customer service line to call," he said. "You'll see the number on the parking signs, so if you have any questions, you can call us, and you'll get a live support-person or you can watch an explainer video on YouTube."
The HotSpot account for the airport can also be used at Cambrian College, City of Greater Sudbury municipal parking lots and meters, and locations across Canada that use HotSpot.
The cost of parking at the airport will not change with HotSpot; however, there is a fee to use the app. It costs $2/month or $20/year. All revenues generated by parking fees are reinvested in airport parking and terminal infrastructure.
This story originally appeared on Sudbury.com.