BRITS are being warned to check airport drop-off and collection charges before going on holiday – or risk paying up to £100 in fines.
Thousands of Brits are flying abroad for the Easter holidays and for many it will be the first time they have been to an airport in more than two years.
Most airports now charge drivers for dropping off or picking up someone, and there are hefty fines if you break the rules.
Nancy Connolly fell victim to the drop off fee while driving to Bristol Airport.
She drove her car there and her friend drove her car home. When they arrived, the two stopped the car, got out, and switched places without paying the fee.
Nancy told that Bristol Post: “When we got to the entrance, I stopped to hand driving to my girlfriend, I got out for a moment so she could take over and that’s when the cameras spotted me.”
“Wrong move – I was fined £100 right there. What’s worse is that my flight only cost £20.”
Lee Puffett, managing director of Start Travel, warned vacationers to plan their journey to the airport and not face parking fines.
He said: “With travel costs escalating rapidly, travelers are looking for ways to save money.
“Some airports benefit from poor travel planning, so don’t get caught out by costly drop-off and pick-up fees.”
“Make sure you research your airport carefully before you head out – there are often free options to drop off passengers at the airport.
“Saving money takes a little forward planning.”
Tomorrow is forecast to be the busiest travel day of the year so far and holidaymakers are being urged to get to the airport early in order not to miss their flight.
Manchester Airport is hiring police officers this weekend to try to keep the airport running smoothly.
They will try to keep things under control after the The airport boss resigned after days of travel chaos and warnings that passengers will face delays in the coming months.
Airlines have canceled hundreds of flights in the last few days due to staff shortages due to Covid.
British Airways and easyJet have both been forced to cancel flights and have booked passengers onto alternatives to try and accommodate them.
However, many of the rebooked flights are returning to the UK earlier than holidaymakers had planned. force them to cut short their journeys so they can make the new flights.
Angry passengers took to Twitter to share their frustration at having to end their holiday early – leaving many of them out of pocket.
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