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“First Class Parking” at Düsseldorf Airport: Affordable, close to the terminal, fast and safe – thanks to state-of-the-art robot technology 2.0

It couldn't be easier. No looking for a parking space. No manoeuvring in the parking garage. No hassle with parking violators taking two spots at a time. Two robots are responsible for parking at the new “First Class Parking” at Düsseldorf Airport. Affordable. Fast. Close to the terminal. Down to the millimetre. The new parking segment will be offered by SITA Airport IT GmbH from 1st March under the well-known “Parkvogel” brand in a separate area in car park P3.

(left to right): Dr. Christian Jahncke (Managing Director of SITA Airport IT GmbH), Thomas Schnalke (Chairman of the Management Board of Düsseldorf Airport), Kesari Sarjana (Model), Rupert Koch (Managing Director of Serva Transport Systems GmbH)

This is backed up by state-of-the-art technology: the revised Generation 2.0 of modern robot parking. The system now runs even more stable, faster and more comfortable. The passenger is already in the terminal at check-in just a few minutes after handing over the vehicle.

The new “First Class Parking” is another good reason not to go hunting for a parking space in the vicinity of the airport. “Autonomous parking at ‘First Class Parking’ guarantees absolute safety. The parking space customer not only saves money, but also time and nerves” says SITA Airport IT Managing Director, Dr. Christian Jahncke. “For almost two years now, we have been offering parking space customers at Düsseldorf Airport stable, affordable prices for long-term parking under our renowned ‘Parkvogel’ brand. With the new offer, we have succeeded in combining the highest parking comfort, short distances, customised service and favourable parking prices.”

Thanks to innovative technology, parking is child's play. Passengers make their reservations via an online booking system (www.parkvogel.de/en/ or parken.dus.com) in advance of their trip. In the lower area of the P3 multi-storey car park near the terminal there are six futuristic-looking handover boxes in which parking space customers can park their cars easily and conveniently. The parking space customer enters his or her flight data via a touchscreen, and the car is transported autonomously from the handover box to the parking area. Step out, get your luggage out of the boot, check in and take off. Parking is automated using the latest robot technology in the rear part of the car park. At the end of the trip, the vehicle is then ready to be picked up again on-time from the handover box. Significant time savings and a more comfortable parking experience are the hallmarks of “First Class Parking”. Soon there will also be an app for “First Class Parking” available for download.

“Air traffic is a state-of-the-art industry. Innovation is the future. That is why we are focusing on future-oriented technologies at NRW's largest airport – and all in the interest of passengers at favourable, customer-friendly prices”, emphasises Thomas Schnalke, Member of Board of Management and Managing Director of Düsseldorf Airport.

The hourly and daily prices for “First Class Parking” are based on the regular price structure of car park P3. The daily price is 24.50 euros, and special attractive long-term parking rates are offered for longer parking. For example, eight days of parking cost only 79 euros; each additional week is also charged at 79 euros. Of course you can reserve a parking space as usual online at www.parkvogel.de/en/ or parken.dus.com. There is no key handover. Payment is made – in case of advance reservation for example cash-free by debit or credit card – only at the exit. The walk to the automatic pay station is therefore no longer required.

The parking robot was developed by the Upper Bavarian company Serva Transport Systems GmbH. Serva’s Managing Director, Rupert Koch: “Over the past few years, our system has been successfully running at Düsseldorf Airport under the slogan ‘We park for you’. Together with our partners SITA and Düsseldorf Airport, we have now once again optimised both our parking robots and the entire environment on the basis of our past experience. The result: In line with our customers’ requirements, parking with next-generation robotics is now even faster, more convenient and safer.”

A closed, monitored parking area with innovative technology is available for “First Class Parking” in car park P3. The robot makes the best possible use of the available space by parking to the nearest millimetre. A total of 267 parking spaces can be used in the modern parking segment. In addition to a significant improvement in the access situation, line markings were renewed and the asphalt surface upgraded. A new lighting concept and improved structural elements significantly enhance the look of the parking area. In addition, parking customers will have a personal contact person available at the service point to answer any questions they may have.

Generally speaking, passengers at Düsseldorf Airport have the opportunity to park in one of over 22,000 parking spaces – in various segments to suit every purpose. People who pick up passengers or business travellers can, for example, park very close to the terminal, while holidaymakers can park in the low-cost long-term and long-term discount zones on the airport grounds. SITA Airport IT GmbH operates around 11,000 holiday parking spaces directly at the airport in car parks 4 and 5 and in car parks 23, 24 and 26 under the “Parkvogel” brand. All of these car parks are conveniently connected to the terminal – by foot, directly to the terminal via SkyTrain or via our shuttle bus. In contrast to other providers in the vicinity, “Parkvogel” car parks never require a key handover. Parking spaces can be easily reserved in advance. Payment is due upon exit. Low prices are available in car parks P24 or P26 at 39 euros for eight days or at 58 euros for up to 15 days for example. For our covered parking garages, customers who reserved online only pay 59 euros for eight days or 78 euros for 15 days in parking garage P5 for example.

You can find further information on First Class Parking and booking options at www.parkvogel.de/en/parking-airport-duesseldorf/first-class-parking/.