Crazy Airport Parking Rates

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42. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1590 posts) 1y 2 Star this if you like it!

I once read that Sydney Airport is the most expensive parking in the world. If they started charging for pick up and drop off you would probably have a riot on your hands. I get the point of public transport but my own experience using public transport to the airport has made me realise its limitations. If you have lots of luggage, travel with kids especially babies, have to change multiple lines/routes/mode of transport, have an early morning or late night flight public transport can end up being more of a hassle or just completely inappropriate on top of that in Sydney at least the train to the airport is not cheap at all. Nearly the same as a taxi and not everyone lives within a direct bus route to the airport.

To be honest I personally think if there is a congestion issue at the pick up/drop off area then it is probably due to either mismanagement or bad airport design. In Sydny we had a problem with congestion so they reconstructed the pick up/ drop off area, changed the flow of traffic and employed people to move along cars that stay more than five minutes. Now I'm not one to usually praise Sydney Airport ( I think there is still a lot of issues that need fixing) but have to admit nearly seven years on and it seems to be working quite well even when I was being dropped off at peak traffic the cars still kept moving.

From what I have read it sounds like there is still a congestion issue at these airports despite the fee. If that really is the case then it seems to me like they aren't really trying to fix the problem but have just found a way to profit from the problem in which case they will have no motivtion to fix the problem at all.

On a side a lot of Sydney councils have a started allowing free 5, 10 or 15 minute parking (depends on the council) in paid zones so people now can stop for something quick without having to pay for a full hour. It is nice when governments listen to the people;).

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

>they aren't really trying to fix the (congestion) problem

Where there is a charge there is little or no space to increase the size or number of at-terminal drop-off areas, given that kerbside drop-off is no longer feasible from a security point of view. It's no coincidence that the only UK airports still without such a charge are either the biggest physically (Heathrow & Gatwick..drop-off only) and a few small and much less busy ones (e.g. Newquay, Cardiff, Norwich). In terms of parking, none of our airports were really planned for their present needs, let alone the future.

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Aug-2019, 07:38 GMT by leics2 ]

44. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1590 posts) 1y 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

In terms of parking, none of our airports were really planned for their present needs, let alone the future.

I don't think any airports were ever built where anyone asked about future needs. Even Dubai which is a fairly recent airport is struggling. Sydney was certainly not built with future needs in mind and it is tiny compared to airports around the world. Whenever I hear "fee" as a solution to a problem I just think they are choosing the lazy option. I don't know all the details that went into the decision so I could be wrong and maybe it was the only solution for these airports but going by my past experiences I have found fees are usually implemented because they are the easy solution rather than the most effective.

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

Having used the majority of UK airports where these fees have been introduced it seems to me that they are the only feasible option to reduce congestion in the terminal forecourt area and its attendant security issues. Security measures which were implemented after the Glasgow terrorist ramming (concrete blocks, closed lanes etc etc) substantially reduced terminal forecourt space at almost all UK airports.

All the airports which charge for drop-off also have a free drop-off area, with free transport to the terminal/s (some are walkable too). I genuinely don't understand why some people think they should be entitled to freedrop-off at the terminal/s.

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Aug-2019, 09:11 GMT by leics2 ]

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

Quoting leics2

I genuinely don't understand why some people think they should be entitled to freedrop-off at the terminal/s.

Oddly I genuinely don't understand why some people think they should pay to drop-off at the terminal/s

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

Quoting leics2

All the airports which charge for drop-off also have a free drop-off area, with free transport to the terminal/s

Yes but it's clearly done as a box ticking exercise which no-one would ever use. It's almost as if they anticipated accusations of profiteering.

My local airport (East Mids) offers 1-hour free parking in Long Stay 2 for those dropping off. Out of that time you need to allow for the walk to the bus stop, the wait for a shuttle bus and the journey time, both ways. And the penalty for overstaying is £1 per minute, which I suggest is designed to make use of this facility unattractive so that people pay to drop off instead.

In practice what many people do is drop off at the petrol station or other businesses just outside the perimeter, and walk a couple of minutes. The airport now have added security patrols in vans to hassle people doing this, so I can only think it must be a pretty profitable income stream they are paying to protect. I know people who've ceased considering flights from EMA because of the way they've been hassled by these patrols.

I once had one of these patrols approach me, back when I was a sales rep and needed somewhere to pause for paperwork. I was in the industrial park adjacent to the airport. They asked me to move on, as it was a private road, but there was no suggestion that it was in the interests of security, just all about revenue.

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Aug-2019, 10:09 GMT by AndyF ]

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

If it's private property, or a private road, they have every right to charge for parking or ask people to move. That's nothing new.

Airports aren't public property.

I still haven't got a valid reason why anyone feels they have the right to..or even be provided with... free, at-terminal drop-off. The only reason seems to be that they resent paying for something which might once have been free and they still want to be free....plus an objection to the airport making money from its on-site parking.

If there were no free drop-off alternatives it would be a different matter, but that's not the case.

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Aug-2019, 11:00 GMT by leics2 ]

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

Quoting leics2

an objection to the airport making money from its on-site parking.

I think more accurately the objection is to rip-off pricing for alighting not parking.

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

We'll have to agree to disagree on this one, Andy. :-)

There's no way you're going to convince me that it's in any way 'unfair' to charge people for at-terminal drop-off parking when there are perfectly feasible free alternatives. Imo, those who complain are just demonstrating the 'entitled' attitude which so many people nowadays seem to have.

Imo, if you want the convenience of being dropped at the terminal, you should be prepared to pay for it. If not, just do what the rest of us do, use the free drop-off/pick up areas then walk or take the shuttle bus to the terminals. :-)