Drivers planning to drop people off at airports have been warned by the RAK due to the increase in practice charges at most UK airports.
An investigation of the enterprise found that 16 of the 22 airports analyzed had introduced or levied charges for dropping passengers in the past three years.
The so-called kiss-and-fly fees will leave drivers “stunned”. the RAK said.
Stansted Airport was found to be the most expensive of these charges as their initial charge is £7 for up to 15 minutes, up from £4 for 10 minutes in 2019.
Eight airports charge drivers £5 to disembark, including Heathrow and Gatwick.
Manchester also charges £5 for this, giving drivers just five minutes to complete the drop.
Dropping off passengers at the three largest airports in Scotland doesn’t come much cheaper.
Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow airports have all doubled their charges to £4 for 10 minutes in the last three years.
Meanwhile, Birmingham and Belfast international airports have maintained their rates since 2019 (£3 for 15 minutes and £1 for 10 minutes respectively), while drivers continue to use the free drop-off areas near the terminal entrances in Cardiff, London, City and Belfast City airports.
What advice has the RAC given?
RAC Road transport policy chief Nicholas Lyes said limited public transport for some airports and concerns about train strikes mean many passengers are asking a friend or relative to give them a ride.
He continued: “Anyone dropping off a loved one at the terminal this summer will be stunned by some of those sky-high kiss-and-drop fees.
“And for those using the UK’s two busiest airports, the luxury of free drop-off outside the terminal building has been replaced by some rather hefty charges.
“Minute by minute and pound by pound, some of these charges could be almost as high as the fare itself.”
Mr Lyes said it appeared many airports had increased fees to “partially make up for two years of lost revenue” during the pandemic.
He advised drivers to research fees before heading to airports and warned them to be aware that many locations use cameras to enforce bans on stopping in certain areas.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/national/uk-today/20795272.drivers-given-warning-rac-sky-high-hike-airport-drop-off-fees/?ref=rss Drivers have been warned by RAC of a “sky-high” increase in airport drop-off fees