Four in five UK airports increase 'kiss and fly' charges, according to study

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The majority of major UK airports have ramped up their “kiss and fly” charges for drivers dropping off or collecting people this summer, according to a study.

Eighteen of the 22 airports analysed by the RAC have introduced or raised drop-off fees.

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.

Stansted and Luton have the most expensive initial charges at £4 for 10 minutes and 13 minutes respectively.

Manchester, the third busiest airport in the UK, charges the most per minute with drivers getting just five minutes for £3.

East Midlands, Birmingham, Doncaster-Sheffield and Newcastle all added a pound to their minimum dropping off charges.

Six airports continue to provide free drop-off facilities, including the largest in the country – 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 £2.50 rise to £8 for half an hour. This brings it level with Luton for the most expensive pick-up fee.

Birmingham is the third costliest at £5.50 for an hour.

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

A spokesman for the Airport Operators Association said: “Airports that operate drop-off charges directly outside the terminal do so for a number of different reasons, including to manage congestion in capacity-restricted areas and to limit the environmental and air quality impacts of kiss and fly journeys.”



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