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1. Posted by CatsNCocktails (Budding Member 5 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Over the weekend I came across this -snip- on drop off charges at UK airports - it's quite a shocker!

Airport parking is pretty expensive anyway but it's quite unfair that people still have to pay for getting dropped off. I've used public transport a few times to get to the airport but after a long flight waiting for a train is often the last thing you want to be doing. Sometimes you just want the comforting knowledge that you can get straight in a car and head home.

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2. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Yes it's ridiculous, and the same can be said about airport parking prices.
Unfortunately they're taking a leaf out of the governments book by picking on a captive audience.
Regretfully there's nothing we can do about it except try to use airports which don't have a drop off charge or use public transport as you mentioned.

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Aug-2019, 10:41 GMT by Andrew Mack ]

3. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 956 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

>it's quite unfair that people still have to pay for getting dropped off.

Why 'unfair'? Apart from the obvious environmental considerations, people who drop off/pick up are using the airport property, contributing both to the wear & tear and to congestion in and around the airport. Why should it be 'unfair' that they are expected to make a contribution towards costs? Is it equally 'unfair' that the majority of public car parks charge a fee even if you're only there for 5 minutes?

All UK airports are very well-served by public transport, especially in comparison with some countries. Although I have a car, I prefer to use public transport whenever I can, including to and from airports. For those who really must 'get straight in a car and head home' there are ample parking options (including for those who are dropping off/picking up).

I really don't think levying a small fee for short-term parking (which is really what drop off/pick up is) is in any way unusual or 'unfair'. In the great scheme of things it's just a very minor annoyance. :-)

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Aug-2019, 11:00 GMT by leics2 ]

4. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

I really don't think levying a small fee for short-term parking (which is really what drop off/pick up is) is in any way unusual or 'unfair'

The airport has numerous income streams and always makes a good profit.
This is just another way of them making even more profit for them.
We also have very different ideas of what constitutes a small fee.

When I was in London and using LHR all the time I always used the tube, but getting to any other airport by public transport was a complete nightmare which took hours longer than driving (even then I usually used public transport). Now I'm outside London it takes even longer to get to any airport by public transport.
If Public transport was an even remotely viable alternative and wasn't silly expensive then trying to stop people doing the drop off would make sense but for most people it really isn't.

5. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1741 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Andrew Mack

The airport has numerous income streams and always makes a good profit.
This is just another way of them making even more profit for them.
We also have very different ideas of what constitutes a small fee.

I agree. Drop-off charges are a hidden cost and so are unfair. You pay for the other airport services in your ticket price where you can see the supposed total price - check-in staff, fire brigade, air traffic control, etc are not broken out as separate charges, so why should there be a hidden arrival charge.

6. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 956 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

>why should there be a hidden arrival charge.

It isn't hidden at all. It's a parking fee, just like all the other parking fees. Parking isn't an 'airport service': it's an extra.

And if airports make a loss or merely break even they're going end up closing unless they're entirely funded by government i.e. ordinary people's taxes. I'm no capitalist but, given the reality in which we live, I do understand why making a profit is essential for business survival.

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Aug-2019, 13:07 GMT by leics2 ]

7. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1741 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

It isn't hidden at all.

It ain't listed on Skyscanner when you buy the ticket.

8. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1255 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

Quoting leics2

It isn't hidden at all.

It ain't listed on Skyscanner when you buy the ticket.

How can it be? They don't know when you buy the ticket how you are getting to the airport.

And it doesn't seem to be hidden, but I don't know how they get their money. If someone just drives up in a taxi and drops you off in less than 5 minutes would there be a charge? If it took longer, for instance I would want a wheelchair at the curb and it took time to get it would they charge me for that? Do they have parking meters at the curb?

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Aug-2019, 13:25 GMT by greatgrandmaR ]

9. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1255 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Quoting CatsNCocktails

Over the weekend I came across this -snip- on drop off charges at UK airports - it's quite a shocker!

Airport parking is pretty expensive anyway but it's quite unfair that people still have to pay for getting dropped off. I've used public transport a few times to get to the airport but after a long flight waiting for a train is often the last thing you want to be doing. Sometimes you just want the comforting knowledge that you can get straight in a car and head home.

Do they charge for pick-up also?

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10. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

if airports make a loss or merely break even they're going end up closing unless they're entirely funded by government i.e. ordinary people's taxes. I'm no capitalist but, given the reality in which we live, I do understand why making a profit is essential for business survival.

Major airports don't 'make a loss or merely break even.
They make big profits ; https://mediacentre.manchesterairport.co.uk/mag-delivers-another-strong-year-of-growth/

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