DRIVERS have been charged twice as much to drop off passengers at most airports since the pandemic began.
But Money Saving Expert’s study found that some of the price hikes are even worse.
Stansted Airport now has the most expensive five-minute drop-off fee of £7, with a half-hour wait costing a staggering £25.
Other notable increases can be found at Bristol Airport, which has increased its price for a 10-minute stay from £1 to £5 – a massive 400% increase.
Aberdeen Airport has doubled its 10-minute layover from £2 to £4, while Edinburgh Airport now charges £4 for a five-minute wait, down from £2 in 2019.
Glasgow and Newcastle airports have also doubled the cost of a drop-off, while Exeter airport has tripled the cost of a 30-minute journey from £1 to £3.
Some airports that did not charge length of stay fees in 2019 now do. These include Gatwick, Heathrow and Norwich.
Oli Townsend, Assistant Deals & Features Editor at MoneySavingExpert.com said: “The cost of dropping people off at an airport has skyrocketed since the pandemic.
“Many passengers will be justifiably shocked to be fined up to £7 just for dropping someone off outside the terminal.
“But the good news is that in most cases, saying goodbye to family and friends is nothing to pay, as almost all airports have a free drop-off area – if you’re willing to take a short walk or shuttle ride.” to the terminal.”
Luckily, some airports still don’t charge anything when dropping off a passenger.
Belfast City Airport is free for up to 10 minutes, Cardiff Airport offers five minutes free and Jersey and London City Airports are free but you are not allowed to linger.
The most generous in the study are Inverness and the Isle of Man, with both of these airports being free with no mention of not being allowed to wait.
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