Airport drop-off prices

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The most expensive UK airports ranked by initial drop-off fee

An impression of what Manchester Airport might look like when the expansion plans are completed in 2025. By then who knows what you might have to pay to just drop passengers off!

Being an island, the most popular way to leave it is to fly. That means getting to an airport and with some expensive costs to be borne by using public transport or facing car parking charges, a large number of us get relatives or friends to drop us of at the airport.

But that is getting pricey as well.

Airports have decided that charging us for just pulling in, opening the boot to remove some cases and driving off again is just too got a money-making opportunity to miss so they chare us for the privilege.

And, according to some research from the RAC, prices have gone up again.

It looked at 22 airports and found that only four, Bristol, Cardiff, Gatwick and Liverpool John Lennon have kept their prices for both drop-off and pick-up the same.

Eight airports raised these while eight put up the cost of their initial periods of pick-up parking, and 16 increased the charges for subsequent periods of pick-up parking. Overall, 18 have put up, or introduced, fees in some way.

In terms of the highest price by the minute, Manchester Airport is the most expensive. It charges £3 for five minutes which works out at 60 pence per minute. And to find a drop-off point, park, unload the luggage, say goodbye, and drive to the exit barrier than five minutes is a tight squeeze for drivers. Crossing over that five minute limit will cost you another £1 at Manchester and if you stay longer than ten minutes it costs £25 which must be about  the most expensive parking  you can find.

1   London Stansted – £4 for 10min then £1 per min for 10-15mins; £25 for over 15mins
2   London Luton – £4 for 13mins then £1 a min
3   Manchester – £3 for 5mins then £4 for 10mins; £25 for overstay of 10mins
4= East Midlands – £3 for 10mins then £1 a min
4= London Southend – £3 for 10mins then £5 for 10-30mins
6= Doncaster-Sheffied – £3 for 15mins then £5 for 16-30mins; £7 for 30-60mins
6= Birmingham – £3 for 15mins then £8 for 15-20mins; each extra 15mins thereafter up to £48 for 55-60mins
8   Liverpool John Lennon – £3 for 20mins then £10 for 1 hr; £20 for 2 hrs; £50 a day
9   Leeds Bradford – £3 for 30mins then £9 for 30-60mins; £18 for 1-2 hrs
10   Edinburgh – £2 for 5mins then £4 for 5-10mins; £10 for 10-15mins; £15 for 15mins-1hr; £15 per hr thereafter
11= Glasgow – £2 for 10mins then £4 for 11-15mins; £10 for 16-20mins, £15 for 21-30mins
11= Newcastle – £2 for 10mins then £4 for 10-30mins
11= Aberdeen – £2 for 10mins then £10 for 30mins; £30 for 1 hr
14   Southampton – £2 for 15mins then £4 for 15-30mins
15= Belfast International – £1 for 10mins £3 then for 10-20mins; £5 for 20-60mins
15= Bristol – £1 for 10mins then £3 for 10-20mins; £5 for 20-40mins
17= Belfast City – Free for 10mins then £3 for 10-30mins; £6 for 30-60mins
17= Cardiff – Free for 10mins then £5 for every 10mins thereafter

The most expensive UK airports ranked by initial pick-up fee

1= London Luton – £8 for 30mins then £10 for 30-45mins; £14 for 45mins-1hr; £18 for 1-2hrs
1= London Stansted – £8 for 30mins then £14 for 1hr; £18 for 2hrs
3   Birmingham – £5.50 for 1hr then £11 for 2hrs
4   Manchester – £4.50 for 30mins then £7 for 1hr; £10 for 2hrs
5   London Heathrow – £4.20 for 30 mins then £7.50 for 30mins to 1hr; £12 1-2hrs
6   Edinburgh – £4 for 15mins then £7 for 15-30mins; £10 for 30mins to 1hr; £16 for up to 2hrs
7= East Midlands – £4 for 30mins then £5 for 1hr; £9.50 for 2hrs
7= London Gatwick – £4 for 30mins then £8 for 31-60mins; £13 for 1-2hrs
9   London City – £3.50 for 10 mins then £8 for 10-20mins; £5 per 5mins thereafter
10   London Southend – £3 for 10mins then £5 for 5-30mins; £7 for up to 1hr; £12 for up to 2hrs
11= Liverpool John Lennon – £3 for 20mins then £10 for 1 hr; £20 for 2hrs
11= Glasgow – £3 for 20mins then £6.50 for 1 hr; £11 for 90mins; £12.50 for 2hrs
13   Aberdeen – £2.50 for 15mins then £6.50 for 1hr; £11 for 1.5hrs; £16 for 2hrs
14   Newcastle – £2 for 10minsthen £4 for 10-30mins; £5.50 for 30-45mins; £7 for 45-60mins; £8 per hr thereafter
15   Southampton – £2 for 15mins then £3 for 15-20mins; £6.50 for up to 1hr; £10 for up to 1.5hrs
16= Belfast International – £1 for 10mins £2.50 then for 10-20 mins; £3.50 for 20-30 mins; £5 for 30-60mins; £9.00 up to 2hrs
16= Cardiff – £1 for 10mins then £2 for 20mins; £3 for 1hr; £6 for 2hrs
18   Bristol – £1 for 20mins then £3.50 for 20-30mins; £6 for 30-60mins; £8 for 1-2hrs
19   Jersey – 80p for 30mins then £1.60 for 1 hr; £3.20 for 2hrs
20   Belfast City – Free for 10mins then £3 for 10-30 mins; £6 for 30-60 mins; £10 for 1-2hrs
21   Doncaster-Sheffield – Free for 15mins then £4 for up to 30mins; £6 up to 1 hr; £10 up to 2hrs
22   Leeds Bradford – Free for 1hr then £37 for 1hr to 24hrs

For the full list of details for each airport, click here.

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