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APH Highlights New Airport Charges

Airport Parking and Hotels (APH.com), the long stay airport parking specialist, is helping savvy travellers know what to expect and to avoid unnecessary costs this summer by highlighting charges at airports.

Travellers can use the table below to compare 20 of the UK's largest airports; highlighting drop-off fees outside the terminal, charges for baggage trolleys, costs for security bags and fast track security.

Some airports such as London Luton are now charging drivers £1 for a 10 minute slot to drop passengers in front of the terminal.This is aimed at reducing terminal congestion and deterring the environmentally unfriendly practice known as “kiss and fly”*. Other airports such as Birmingham Airport and Newcastle are also charging a £1drop-off charge but for 15 minutes.

Some airports are also charging to use baggage trolleys with London Luton, Birmingham and Bristol airports all charging a non-refundable £1.

Perhaps the easiest charge to avoid is clear plastic bags needed to take liquids through security, with six airports charging £1 for up to four bags. Fast Track Systems have also been introduced at airports such as Bristol, Liverpool and Luton from £3 per person which can be helpful if you're in a rush.



Airport

Charge to drop off passengers at terminal

Priority Lane/Fast Track System

Charge for baggage trolleys

Charge for plastic bags

Aberdeen Airport

Free in the dedicated drop-off area in the terminal forecourt.

Not available

Free of charge

Free of charge

£1.00 for 15 minutes in the short stay car park.

Birmingham Airport

£1.00 for 15 minutes outside the terminal in the Drop and Go car park.

Not available

£1.00

£1.00 for three bags

£2.00 for 30 minutes in the Drop and Go car park.

Bristol Airport

Free for 10 minutes in the Drop Off/Pick Up car park.

Dedicated priority security channel available at the airport for £5.00

£1.00

£1.00 for four bags

£2.50 for 10 - 30 minutes in the Drop Off/Pick Up car park.

Cardiff Airport

Free for 20 minutes in the short stay car park.

Not available

Free of charge

Free at the information desk

£2.00 for 20 – 40 minutes in the short stay car park.

Doncaster Airport

Free for 15 minutes in the short stay car park.

Not available

£1.00 refunded when the trolley is returned

50p for two bags

£2.00 for 15 - 30 minutes in the short stay car park.

Durham Tees Valley

Free for 15 minutes in the short stay car park.

Not available

£1.00 refunded when the trolley is returned

50p for two bags

£1.00 for 15 - 20 minutes in the short stay car park.

East Midlands Airport

Free for 10 minutes in the short stay car park.

Not available

Free of charge

50p for two bags

£1.80 for 10 – 30 minutes in the short stay car park.

Edinburgh Airport

Free in the Set Down Zone.  

Not available

Free of charge

Free of charge

If picking up passengers must go to short stay park. £1.50 for 15 minutes.

Exeter Airport

Does not allow drop-off or pick-up in front of the terminal. Free for 15 minutes in the short stay car park.

Not available

Free of charge

£1.00 for four bags

70p for 15 - 30 minutes in the short stay car park.

Gatwick Airport

Free for 10 minutes in designated areas on terminal forecourt but there is a no waiting policy.

Not available

£1.00 refunded when the trolley is returned

Free of charge

Pick-up from short stay car park. £1.00 for 15 minutes.

Glasgow Airport

Free drop-off and pick-up zone opposite main terminal on ground floor of Short Stay Car Park 2. Free to stay for up to 10 minutes.

Not available

Free of charge

Free of charge

£5.00 for 10 - 15 minutes in the drop-off area.

Heathrow Airport

Free for 10 minutes in designated areas on terminal forecourt but there is a no waiting policy.

Not available

Free of charge

Free of charge

£2.40 for up to 30 minutes in short stay car park.

Leeds Bradford Airport

Drop off area 150 yards from terminal. Free for 5 minutes for rapid drop off in the Drop Off and Pick Up zone.

£3 (takes passengers to a dedicated scanner for their use only)

£1.00

50p for two bags

£2.50 up to 20 minutes in the Drop Off and Pick Up zone.

Liverpool Airport

Free for 10 minutes in the Drop Off Only car park.

£3 Fast Lane Ticket (takes passengers to a dedicated scanner for their use only). Free Fast Lane ticket available when purchased with parking in the Long Stay and Premium Car Park.

£1.00 refunded when the trolley is returned

50p for two bags

£2.00 for each additional 10 minutes thereafter in the Drop Off Only car park.

Luton Airport

£1.00 for 10 minutes in the Drop Off Zone.

£3 (allows passengers to jump to the front of the security queue)

£1.00

£1.00 for four bags

£5.00 for 10 – 15 minutes in the Drop Off Zone. £25.00 for longer than 15 minutes.

Manchester Airport

Free of charge. There is a no waiting policy for all areas around the terminal.

Fast lane system available for business class passengers only.

£1.00 refunded when the trolley is returned

£1.00 for two bags – trial in Terminal 1 until the end of May.

£2.00 for up to 30 minutes in the short stay car park.

Newcastle Airport

Free for 5 minutes in the short stay car park.

Not available

Free of charge

Free of charge

£1.00 for 5 – 20 minutes in the ‘pick-up and drop-off’ car park.

Prestwick Airport

Free for 5 minutes in the short stay car park. Only emergency vehicles permitted to park in front of the terminal.

Not available

Free of charge

£1.00 for four bags

£1.00 for 5 – 15 minutes in short stay car park.

Southampton Airport

Free for 10 minutes to be dropped off in designated areas on terminal forecourt but there is a no waiting policy.

Not available

Free of charge

Free of charge

£2.20 for 10 – 30 minutes in the short stay car park.

Stansted Airport

Free Set Down of passengers in designated areas on terminal forecourt but there is a no waiting policy.

Not available

£1.00 refunded when the trolley is returned

Free of charge

£2.00 for 15 minutes in the pick-up zone in the short stay car park. £2.50 for 0 – 30 minutes in the short stay car park.