Crazy Airport Parking Rates

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

Quoting leics2

….. As well as environmental concerns .

Every airport seems to want to have more flight slots, so not really an environmental issue at all.

(silly fact, the F1 GP racing season uses more fuel for their flights to one long haul event than all the cars themselves use in the whole year (all 20 cars combined for testing, practice, qualifying and racing)

Quoting leics2

….. 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. .

I have used Luton once but 25+ years ago and it certainly didn't charge then.

So you need to drive to a car park, unload, say goodbye to whoever's driven you, then get your luggage in a bus and wait until the driver has feels like taking you to the airport... I'm not surprised no one would choose that option.

Quoting leics2

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

Yes, the airports want more of your money for nowt.. ;)

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Aug-2019, 15:53 GMT by Andrew Mack ]

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

Quoting leics2

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 never pay for parking when shopping. Lots of retail outlets have free parking because they want customers.
It's the local councils that seemingly don't want the high streets to have customers and is one of the reasons the high streets are dying (along with ridiculous commercial council tax).

Slight muddying of the waters as I'm actually easily within walking distance of the high street but rarely buy stuff there.

23. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2539 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

>I never pay for parking when shopping. >

If you wanted to go to more than one supermarket you'd struggle to do that in my area. Even the supermarkets have (monitored) maximum stays and fines are increasingly common.

Other than on Sundays, the only free parking is 12 miles away in an out-of-town 'retail park' with just one supermarket and a lot of chains. e.g. Primark, Next.

As I said, it all depends on where you live, how often you drive and why you're driving.

>I'm not surprised no one would choose that option.

Those who drive to the airport (as I do on occasion) have no choice. The others just want owt for nowt. :-)

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

Quoting leics2

Other than on Sundays, the only free parking is 12 miles away in an out-of-town 'retail park' with just one supermarket and a lot of chains. e.g. Primark, Next.

If they did charge for parking, would you also expect them to charge the few people that 'pick-up' or 'drop-off' in front of the stores as well?

25. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2539 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

>would you also expect them to charge the few people that 'pick-up' or 'drop-off' in front of the stores as well?

Of course. That's entirely normal if a car park has barriers with ticket machines (like charged airport drop-off/pick up zones) or is monitored by APNR. Even if you're only inside for a couple of minutes you pay on exit or you can expect a fine.

And I'd expect it in any ordinary council-owned car park too. 'I'm just stopping here for 5 minutes to pick up my wife/husband' won't wash with any parking warden: pay up or move on.

I really can't understand why people should feel entitled to free at-terminal drop-off/pick up zones, most especially when free provision is made for short-term parking not much further away with free transport laid on. The only exception I'd make is for people with mobility difficulties, though there'd have to be some way of notifying the airport in advance.

26. Posted by NancyBradley (Budding Member 7 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Parking is a real rip off in the UK. It is just exploiting the motorist in the same way that fuel duty does, you can't avoid it and have to live with it.

At least with fuel you can choose an electric car...!

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

Quoting leics2

Of course. That's entirely normal if a car park has barriers with ticket machines (like charged airport drop-off/pick up zones) or is monitored by APNR. Even if you're only inside for a couple of minutes you pay on exit or you can expect a fine.
And I'd expect it in any ordinary council-owned car park too. 'I'm just stopping here for 5 minutes to pick up my wife/husband' won't wash with any parking warden: pay up or move on.

Some car parks do have barriers, but most don't. If you drive through a non barriered car park (pay and display) they don't charge you even if you've been there for a few minutes engine off (provided you haven't left the car). I certainly wouldn't expect retail parks to start charging for parking and under no circumstances would they consider a drop-off/pick-up charge. They'd lose too many customers.
Some airports seem to have a captive audience which they enjoy financially R*ping and Pillaging.
I understand why a sandwich in an airport is £5-£7 for something you'd pay £3-£5 in the high street for, because the airport is charging silly rents, but we have the choice to not buy the sandwich. We don't have the choice to not turn up for a flight.

The Airport management want something for nothing to show their shareholders how great they are, and a few people are gullible enough to believe there's some ecological justification for it.

Manchester, Luton, Exeter and East Midlands are all now on my 'Do not use' list along with EasyJet and Ryan air, who also add in ridiculous charges additional charges.

28. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2539 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

>We don't have the choice to not turn up for a flight.

This discussion has absolutely nothing to do with not turning up for a flight or being somehow prevented from doing so. It's just some people objecting to the fact that they can no longer be dropped off/picked up exactly where they want for free, even though alternative free provision is made and alternative free transport to said provision is provided.

>Some airports seem to have a captive audience which they enjoy financially R*ping and Pillaging.

Isn't that how capitalism works? :-)

By the way, you should add Stansted, Leeds Bradford, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Aberdeen, both Glasgow airports, Doncaster, Southampton, Belfast International, Bristol, Exeter and Newcastle to your 'do not use' list. :-/

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Aug-2019, 20:25 GMT by leics2 ]

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

Quoting leics2

Isn't that how capitalism works? :-)

No, it works by supplying things that people are prepared to pay for.

Not by forcing money from people for stuff they don't want, that's communism.

30. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2539 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

> it works by supplying things that people are prepared to pay for.

But people clearly are prepared to pay for drop off. They may not like it...people don't usually much like paying for anything.....but they still choose to do it. If they didn''t choose to pay they'd use the alternative options, wouldn't they? And the paid-for drop-off zones would always be empty, instead of heaving with cars, bags and people (as they have been every time I've wandered past at e.g. Birmingham.

> by forcing money from people for stuff they don't want,

Nobody is being 'forced' to pay anything. There are alternatives. Some people clearly do want at-terminal drop off but I really don't see any logical reason why they expect it to be provided for free.

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Aug-2019, 21:08 GMT by leics2 ]