Crazy Airport Parking Rates

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11. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2285 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting greatgrandmaR

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?

You take a ticket from the machine when you drive in, and have to pay at or before the barrier when you leave.

Yes, they'd charge more if you stayed longer to drop off a wheelchair. They charge by the minute.

Until recently it has been normal for cars or taxis to drop off with no charge. Maybe I'm cynical but it looks to me like the airport owners have hit on this as an easy revenue stream from people who have little choice. Many people will only find out the existence of the charge and the actual cost when they arrive. And it's at rates far out of proportion to the provision of a parking space to park for longer. It's not "parking", it's stopping to let passengers alight.

12. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2518 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

>Until recently it has been normal for cars or taxis to drop off with no charge.

That depends on the airport. I can think of at least a couple which have had only paid short-stay parking for years with no free 'drop-off' area.

>They charge by the minute.

Fair play, it's more usually by the 'chunk' of minutes e.g. 0 - 10, 10-20 etc etc.

>Many people will only find out the existence of the charge and the actual cost when they arrive.

That's up to them. I think we'd normally expect people to do a bit of research beforehand? And it's all online on the official airport websites.

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Aug-2019, 13:41 GMT by leics2 ]

13. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I've never been to an airport that didn't have a pick-up and a drop-off area, and until Manchester started this I've never heard of there being charge for using it.

The fees at Manchester are £3 for 5 minutes and £4 for 10 minutes ; https://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/parking/pick-up-and-drop-off/

I haven't used Manchester but I have occasionally used Heathrow and Gatwick when there's been a 5 minute wait for a space to park to unload or load luggage (well under 5 minutes stationary) and wouldn't be surprised if Manchester has the same issues now and then.

IMO it's just a profit making scheme for their shareholders.

14. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 1048 posts) 1y 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

>Many people will only find out the existence of the charge and the actual cost when they arrive.

That's up to them. I think we'd normally expect people to do a bit of research beforehand? And it's all online on the official airport websites.

What type of research? I'd expect someone (especially if they've never dropped someone off at that airport) to consult a map or GPS, at best.

Besides, if that practice of being charged to drop a person or persons off is new to someone and they aren't expecting it, why on earth would someone look to see if the airport charges for that on their official website, or any other website?

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Aug-2019, 15:16 GMT by road to roam ]

15. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2518 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I think it's worth making it clear that I (and perhaps others) have been talking about at-terminal drop-off zones.

The congestion you mention is, I suspect, the main reason why charges have been brought in for those zones. As well as environmental concerns there are potential security issues. I am usually pretty cynical but in this instance I genuinely don't think this is purely a money-making exercise.

Airports which charge for at-terminal drop off/pick up (e.g. Luton, East Mids, Birmingham, Exeter etc) still have free (time-limited) drop-off/pick up areas in car parks away from the terminals which are served by free, frequent shuttle buses. It's not as it there is no free drop off/pick up available at all.

If people don't want to pay for at-terminal drop-off parking there is still a free alternative. Trouble is, people don't want what they perceive as 'hassle' and, for some reason, the same people object to paying for their convenience.

Ultimately, it comes down to wanting owt for nowt and has nothing whatsover to do with fairness or unfairness.

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Aug-2019, 15:23 GMT by leics2 ]

16. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2285 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

How does charging money make us less of a security risk?

17. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2518 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

>How does charging money make us less of a security risk?

It's not the charge. It's having cars queueing up (not to mention having parked cars near the terminals) which is the potential risk. Introducing a charge reduces the number of vehicles using an at-terminal drop-off/pick-up area, which is a security plus.

>why on earth would someone look to see if the airport charges for that on their official website, or any other website?

A) If they've not been before they'd obviously need to look at the website to find out where the drop off area is b) if they have been before then this sort of charge is always publicised in the local area and c) from a UK point of view (and this thread is focusing on UK airports) we expect to pay for our parking. Anywhere. Finding free parking is always a bonus! :-)

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Aug-2019, 15:31 GMT by leics2 ]

18. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2285 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

from a UK point of view (and this thread is focusing on UK airports) we expect to pay for our parking. Anywhere. Finding free parking is always a bonus! :-)

I've lived in the UK all my life, and like Andrew airport drop-off fees are a new one on me. And I can remember paying to park my car just once in the last few years.

I'm afraid I think the practice is money-grabbing, pure and simple.

19. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2518 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

>And I can remember paying to park my car just once in the last few years.

You amaze me, Andy. I'd love to know where you go to shop etc etc (or maybe you don't use the car for that?). I've lived in the UK all my life too and have always expected to pay for parking. On the rare occasions I find free parking I'm a very happy bunny!

Perhaps experiences vary according to where in the UK one lives and how much driving....and for what purposes... one does. :-)

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Aug-2019, 15:41 GMT by leics2 ]

20. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 1048 posts) 1y 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

If they've not been before they'd obviously need to look at the website to find out where the drop off area is

They'd need to? Really? I'd trust a map or GPS myself, as I'm sure many do - I don't "need to look at the website" to find out where the departing terminal(s) is (are). Someone may or may not decide to look at the website, but I don't think "they'd' need to look at the website. Aren't these well signed as you approach the airport? If I don't know how to get to an airport, it's maps and GPS to the rescue again.

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Aug-2019, 16:23 GMT by road to roam ]