Crazy Airport Parking Rates

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

The other options are not 'viable options'. So it's something forced upon the suffering traveller.

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

>not 'viable options'.

The free drop off/pick up areas away from the terminal which are accessed by free shuttle bus are perfectly viable for all travellers except those with serious mobility difficulties. I've used them many times. Local taxis offer a reduced fare for customers who use them rather than the charged at-terminal areas.

The fact that some people don't want to use alternative provision doesn't make it 'not viable'. It just means some people don't want to use it and prefer to whinge about having to pay for what is, in effect, short-term parking. :-)

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Aug-2019, 06:51 GMT by leics2 ]

33. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1923 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I gather that this is a UK thing.

We have airports where there is off-site parking with a shuttle bus - private lots which are cheaper than airport parking. We also have hotels near the airport with a free shuttle and they offer various amounts of free or reduced price parking for people who stay at the hotel before or after their flights. We do this when the flight is very early or the return is very late. And I have also occasionally rented a car and turned it in at the airport and take the rental car shuttle to the airport.

If someone drops someone off at the airport and takes less than 5 minutes, do they pay? (Is that physically possible, or is the place where you take the ticket too far or too congested to get back to in less than 5 minutes?)

If someone parks at the airport, goes on the trip (leaving the car parked at the airport) and then gets back and goes and gets the car to pick up others in the party, do they pay extra for that?

When Bob or someone else comes to pick me up at an airport, they sometimes park in the short term lot. Bob walks in, and of course he pays parking. But at other airports (Miami, Texas), I don't know whether they pay parking or not - we phone them as to where they are and they pick us up at the curb. There's no charge for that, but there may be meters or you take a ticket to get into the parking lot.

If both of us are traveling, we have to go to the proper shuttle bus pick-up spot because if the bus stops anywhere else, they will get a ticket. Sometimes the proper spot is a long way from where we end up after baggage claim. It's one of the hazards of air travel - you pay for getting someplace faster.

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

Hiya,

Yes in the UK it is very expensive even for a few minutes maybe $15 for 30 mins and quickly rising upwards for an hour or two which if a plane is late or customs takes time can quickly push up the cost to $30 or so!

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

>If someone drops someone off at the airport and takes less than 5 minutes, do they pay?

As I said previously, if the drop-off zone has a barrier (as charged ones do) you have to pay on exit. How much you pay depends on how long you stay.

>gets the car to pick up others in the party, do they pay extra for that?

Yes, of course. Charged at-terminal drop-off zones are only for short-stay parking.

I'm not sure if this is exclusively a UK thing, though I know it's not a US thing. From a bit of quick research it seems that many/most EU airports allow a free 10 minutes for drop-off/pick up but charge for any longer.

Given that it's not something you have experienced, Grandma, here are some points to consider before making a judgement:

1. All UK airports are well-served by a variety of public transport. For environmental reasons we have long been encouraged to use public transport rather than our own vehicles, and not just for airport journeys. As an example, I can get to one of my nearest two international airports in just over an hour by train, to the other by using two ordinary buses. The fare for either journey is a fraction of what I'd pay for airport parking + fuel. The train journey is fractionally longer than driving if there is no congestion (which is frequent) and the bus + bus journey takes about twice as long as driving (but still only about 1.5 hour

2. All UK airports have car parks with, if required, free shuttle buses.

3. Those airports which charge for drop-off zones all provide free on-airport short-term parking which is accessed by free shuttle bus. People can use these for dropping off or picking up passengers, with a maximum uncharged stay of around 30 minutes.

4. On-airport taxis pay a levy to drop off/wait at the terminal. Other taxis use the charged drop-off zones, so no-one using a taxi gets dropped off a long walk from the terminal.

5. In 2007 a terrorist car ramming attack took place at Glasgow airport. After that security was ramped up at all airports, with concrete bollards in place at many and all traffic kept at a distance. Even if there was plenty of space for at-terminal kerbside drop-off (which there isn't at the majority of UK airports) security means it wouldn't be allowed. Minimising the number of private cars which come near to the terminal/s is a big security plus.

:-)

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Aug-2019, 14:42 GMT by leics2 ]

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

> in the UK it is very expensive even for a few minutes maybe $15 for 30 mins

Nancy, we don't use dollars in the UK.

We are talking about short-term drop-off parking and your example price is way off. 0-15 minutes in the at-terminal 'premium' drop off car park at Birmingham airport costs 3GBP (about 3.5 USD) and the majority of UK airports charge much the same for at-terminal car parking.

Prices for that sort of at-terminal drop-off car park do rise substantially if you stay for 30 minutes: they are intended only for drop-off and pick-up, not for waiting around. But all airports which charge have free short-term parking elsewhere on site.

>if a plane is late or customs takes time

Late arrivals can be monitored (how do you think pre-booked private taxis cope with collections?) and it's common sense for the arriving person to text the collecting person only when he or she is outside the terminal. If there is a delay the collecting person can simply wait in the free drop-off car park, just going out and coming back in again if necessary to avoid being charged.

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Aug-2019, 14:29 GMT by leics2 ]

37. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1923 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I do sometimes fly to the UK. But for mobility reasons, I almost never use public transportation to get to or from the airport. I think the last time I did that was in 2002 when I took the train into London from Gatwick to find that there was a transportation strike in London. I think the buses and tubes were on strike or something, but everyone had to use taxis and it was a complete mess.

I wasn't really sure about the first post which said something about wanting to get right into a car to go home. Since they complained about the dropoff and pickup charge, I didn't know if they were complaining about having to take a shuttle to the parking lot or if they wanted to be picked up at the airport. So I was trying to get an idea of what the mechanics of the operation were.

38. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2287 posts) 1y 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting NancyBradley

Hiya,

Yes in the UK it is very expensive even for a few minutes maybe $15 for 30 mins and quickly rising upwards for an hour or two which if a plane is late or customs takes time can quickly push up the cost to $30 or so!

Hi Nancy

I don't wish to cause offence but you don't sound genuine. Dollars in the UK? I see that your profile picture is an image lifted from the internet, and it's a provocative one. And your twitter link suggests you're a web marketeer - we get a lot of those posting in order to build a profile to allow them to post spam.

Why not change that pic to an image of your own.

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

> So I was trying to get an idea of what the mechanics of the operation were.

I know, Grandma. And I was trying to explain those mechanics. :-)

40. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1923 posts) 1y 1 Star this if you like it!

You explained it pretty well - but I wasn't making a judgement.