RAC blames UK’s busiest airports for ‘sky high’ cost of parking

Published on : Thursday, August 11, 2016

heathrrowFollowing a new survey, a row has broken out between many of the UK’s airports and a leading motoring organisation over the “sky-high cost” of picking up and dropping off passengers.


The RAC said most of the UK’s 20 busiest airports ask for extremely surged price for dropping off passengers. For instance, Luton and Stansted insist on a minimum of £3 for a stay of just 10 minutes.


Steep charges are levied on motorists who take ‘too long to say goodbye’ to their passengers. For the drivers who over-stay, are charged with prices as high as a flight from UK to continental Europe.


A staggering £50 penalty is charged on drivers at London Stansted if they stay any longer than 10 minutes. In both London Luton and East Midlands, they are charged with £1 a minute for any minute after waiting ten minutes.


Edinburgh airport is slammed for charging £3.90 for 15 minutes, or 26p per minute, which if put into perspective is more than the price of a mobile phone call from Europe back to the UK.


Luton airport is singled out as the most expensive for pickups where the base fare is £7 for up to 40 minutes. A spokesperson for Luton airport said that they offer two hours free parking in the long-stay car park and 15 minutes free drop-off and pick-up in the mid-term car park.


Birmingham also charges a staggering £4.70 fee for an hour’s stay and has no other option to park cheaply for a shorter period.


An airport spokesperson however waned away all these and said RAC’s information is factually incorrect. Birmingham Airport offers a range of car park options for passengers and for those picking up or dropping off. This includes 15 minutes free in car park 5, which is a 10-minute walk from the terminal and is also served by a five-minute free shuttle bus.


At Heathrow, passengers can be dropped off at terminal forecourts, but vehicles picking up arriving travellers must pay to use short stay car parks, the cheapest of which will set drivers back at least £3.60 for up to 30 minutes.


The RAC’s head of external affairs, Pete Williams, said that the motorists need to be aware of the sky-high charges levied by some for parking close to the terminal.


The drivers are thus at the risk of incurring hefty charges if they drive to a pick-up zone to collect somebody whose flight is delayed, or who has to wait a long time at baggage reclaim.

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One Response to RAC blames UK’s busiest airports for ‘sky high’ cost of parking

  1. Andrew Sharp says:

    Just as well there’s a good train service to most of these airports! Look at http://www.iaro.com for details.

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