Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Kisses Prove Costly for Holiday Drop-Off Drivers HOW MUCH EACH AIRPORT CHARGES

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Kisses Prove Costly for Holiday Drop-Off Drivers HOW MUCH EACH AIRPORT CHARGES

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Byline: KALI LINDSAY Reporter kali.lindsay@ncjmedia.co.uk

THE price of drop off charges at Newcastle International Airport was increased by PS1 at the end of last year - but how does it compare to other UK airports? Motorists now have to pay PS2 for 10 minutes at the airport for dropping off or collecting people.

Newcastle is one of 18 airports to have introduced or raised drop-off fees, a study by the RAC found.

So-called kiss-and-fly charges - typically levied for dropping off someone as close to the terminal as possible - have increased at eight airports compared with last year.

Along with Newcastle, East Midlands, Birmingham, Doncaster-Sheffield all added a pound to their minimum charges.

Stansted and Luton have the most expensive initial charges at PS4 for 10 minutes and 13 minutes respectively.

Manchester charges the most per minute, with drivers getting just five minutes for PS3. Six airports continue to provide free drop-off facilities, including Heathrow and Gatwick.

Many airports offer short-term car parks for pick-ups so drivers can leave their vehicles and greet their passengers at the arrivals area.

Stansted hiked its prices for this type of parking the most, with a PS2.50 rise to PS8 for half an hour. This takes it level with Luton for the most expensive pick-up fee.

Birmingham is the third costliest at PS5.50 for an hour.

RAC spokesman Simon Williams said motorists dropping off or collecting family or friends are "often left wincing" at the prices charged.

He said: "Many travellers simply do not have easy public transport access to get to the airport and even if they do, they can't always depend on it getting them to the airport in good time.

"Many drivers dropping off their friends or family will naturally only spend a minute or two doing so, which makes the experience all the more painful. …

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