Manchester Airport is to axe its free ‘kiss-and-fly’ drop-off areas as it battles to ease congestion around its three terminals.
From July 10, drivers dropping off passengers outside the terminals, bus and rail stations, will have to pay £3 for up to five minutes’ parking and £4 for up to 10 minutes.
Taxis will also be forced to pay a charge for dropping off, with the additional cost likely to be passed on to passengers.
Travellers looking to spare their ‘driver’ the drop-off charge, will need to be taken to a car park around a mile away, and catch a free shuttle bus to the terminals.
The new free drop-off area will add seven minutes to passengers’ journeys to travel the half mile to Terminal 2, and 12 minutes to Terminals 1 & 3, which are around one mile away.
The move has been prompted by airport bosses, who claim ‘extreme congestion’ has left the terminal forecourts ‘broken’.
Research by the airport revealed increased passenger numbers over the coming year could see traffic using existing ‘kiss-and-fly’ zones jump by up to 40 per cent.
Currently, peak time traffic sees passengers who don’t choose airport parking being forced to take an extra lap of the site before finding a set-down space.
Chief operating officer Tricia Williams said: “As passenger numbers have grown, we have increasingly experienced major congestion problems on our terminal forecourts, exacerbated by a high percentage of visitors repeatedly re-circulating at peak times.
“The simple fact is our forecourts were not designed to handle the number of vehicles they do today and do not have the capacity to cope with any further growth in the number of people being dropped-off immediately outside our terminals.”
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