Airports criticised for parking costs

Airports criticised for parking costs

The cost of parking is something that really sticks in the craw of most motorists, and the airports in London have been slammed over their 'sky high' (see what they did there?) charges for short stay parking.

Figures show that the costs for drop-off parking are the highest in the country.

Luton Airport is the priciest in the country with short stay parking costing a £7 for 40 minutes and £3 for a paltry 10 minutes. Over at Stansted and Heathrow, as well as Birmingham, you'll get charged 10p per minute.

This is from a report compiled by the RAC, who also pointed out that motorists can be slapped with penalties for overstaying the minimum time.

At Stansted, you're looking at a £50 if you're there for over the allotted 10 minutes.

Pete Williams, the RAC's head of external affairs, says: "Motorists need to be aware of the sky-high charges levied by some for parking close to the terminal."

"Drivers are running the risk of incurring some hefty charges if they drive to a pick-up zone to collect somebody whose flight is delayed, or who has to wait a long time at baggage reclaim."

"The high parking fees at some London airports could perhaps be explained by the fact passengers have more opportunities for getting there by public transport."

"But for those travelling with a lot of luggage – or when public transport fails or just is not practical – taking the car might be the only feasible option, so drivers need to be careful."

So, what do the Airport Operators Association have to say? A spokesperson chipped in: "UK airports operate in a highly competitive environment, across all facets of their business."

"Non-aeronautical income, such as income from parking, allows airports to keep charges to airlines low, benefiting travellers through lower airfares and increased connectivity."

"It also supports the record investments airports are making in improved facilities and infrastructure to create the best possible experience for passengers."

"Airports provide information on getting to and from the airport so travellers have a high level of awareness of the different ways they can choose to get to the airport."

If you want that translating, they basically said; "tough cheese."

1 comment

  • littlesos

    Luton offer free drop-off parking in their mid-term car park.  15 minutes free and the travellers get the bus to the terminal.  They also offer 2 hours free in their long stay car-park.  I have no problem with them charging for people who want to be dropped off at the door.  

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