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Two-thirds of airports increased driver drop-off fees to recoup the billions of pounds

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Two-thirds of airports have increased driver drop-off fees to recoup some of the billions of pounds lost during the pandemic

  • More than two-thirds of airports have increased driver drop-off fees
  • The price hike comes as airports try to recoup billions lost during the pandemic
  • RAC said it was ‘more expensive than ever’ to rip people off this summer

More than two-thirds of airports have increased drop-off rates, cheating drivers who take loved ones to their terminal.

An investigation by the RAC found that of the 22 busiest UK airports, 16 have introduced or increased so-called ‘kiss and drop’ charges since the pandemic.

The increases are an attempt to recover some of the billions of pounds that airline companies have lost since March 2020. But the RAC said it was “more expensive than ever” to rip people off this summer.

An investigation by the RAC found that of the 22 busiest UK airports, 16 have introduced or increased so-called ‘kiss and drop’ charges since the pandemic

The investigation found that London Stansted now charges drivers £7 for 15 minutes and a wallet-breaking £25 for longer. Pre-pandemic it was £4 for 10 minutes.

London Luton has increased its fares from £4 for 13 minutes to £5 for 10 minutes, after which it will cost £1 per minute. Heathrow charges £5 for an unspecified number of minutes, while Gatwick charges £5 for 10 minutes. Dropping off vacationers at both hubs was free pre-pandemic.

Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow airports have all doubled their drop-off costs to £4 for 10 minutes.

Nicholas Lyes, the RAC’s head of road policy, said: ‘The drop-off charges were intended to encourage travelers to use public transport to get to the airport, but with strikes impacting the rail network this summer. and the limited public transportation options at some airports, people will understandably look for more reliable ways to… [there].’

A Heathrow spokesman said the charge was introduced to “help prevent a car-driven recovery from the pandemic and reduce airport-related traffic”.

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