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16:35  12 august  2016
16:35  12 august  2016 Source:   pressassociation.com

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Motorists dropping off friends and relatives at airports this summer could be stung by " sky - high charges ," the RAC has warned.Their research Drivers can also be hit by penalties for overstaying the minimum time period in drop - off zones. A penalty of £50 is levied to those who exceed the

Motorists dropping off friends and relatives at airports this summer could be stung by " sky - high charges ," the RAC has warned. Their research found that drivers risk paying six times more per minute to park than it costs to make a mobile phone call home while abroad. London Luton Airport is the

London Luton Airport is the most expensive in the country for short-stay parking © Provided by Press Association London Luton Airport is the most expensive in the country for short-stay parking

Motorists dropping off friends and relatives at airports this summer could be stung by "sky-high charges," the RAC has warned.

Their research found that drivers risk paying six times more per minute to park than it costs to make a mobile phone call home while abroad.

London Luton Airport is the most expensive in the country for pick-ups, with short stay parking costing a minimum of £7 for 40 minutes, the RAC said. It is also the most expensive per minute for drivers opting to wait in their car, with charges of £3 for 10 minutes and £1 per minute thereon.

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MOTORISTS dropping off friends and relatives at airports this summer could be stung by ' sky - high charges ,' the RAC has warned. Motorists have been warned about ' sky - high charges ' for parking at airports this summer . Their research found that drivers risk paying six times more per minute to

Motorists face ' sky high ' airport drop - off charges over summer . There are also punitive charges for overstaying the minimum period in drop - off zones, with Stansted stinging drivers for a staggering £50 penalty if they stay longer than 10 minutes, while both Luton and East Midlands charge £1 a

The research also found it costs £4.70 to park for up to 60 minutes at Birmingham International Airport, while parking close to Stansted Airport's terminal costs £4.50 for 30 minutes.

Drivers can also be hit by penalties for overstaying the minimum time period in drop-off zones. A penalty of £50 is levied to those who exceed the 10-minute time allowance at London Stansted, the RAC found.

Despite the high prices at many airports, six of the country's busiest airports still offer some free parking options.

Pete Williams, the RAC's head of external affairs, said drivers should check parking fees before they set out.

"While it is true that many airports provide a range of different parking options for drivers depending on how long they expect to stay, motorists need to be aware of the sky-high charges levied by some for parking close to the terminal.

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The RAC warns drivers dropping off friends and relatives at airports this summer could be stung by " sky - high charges ". It is warning motorists to check parking fees before they set out to pick up relatives or friends. It found drivers may also be penalised for overstaying the time limit in drop - off

Motorists who take too long to say goodbye to their passengers face steeply increased charges . “Drivers who over -stay risk charges as high as a flight A spokesperson for Edinburgh Airport said: “Edinburgh Airport is one of only six of the major UK airports to offer a free pickup and dropoff area

"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. In these cases, they are much better finding another, more affordable airport car park.

"Unfortunately, from our research there will be a trade-off in that other car parks tend to be considerably less convenient and a lot further from the arrivals hall."

A spokesman for the Airport Operators Association said that airports provide information on parking options.

He said: "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.

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" Drop - off charges are the biggest bone of contention, as for many they appear severe when they are Rising pick-up charges are also exposed by the research. Motorists collecting family or friends from The spokesman said charges were clearly flagged up and passengers had a " high level of

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"Airports provide information on getting to and from the airport in a clear an accessible manner, including on the different parking options people can choose from.

"As a result, travellers have a high level of awareness of the different ways they can choose to get to the airport, ranging from public transport to travelling by car."

Neil Greig, director of policy and research at the Institute of Advanced Motorists, said: "Draconian parking charges only make sense if drivers have a wide range of public transport options to help them get to the airport.

"The reality is that most passengers catching early or late flights have no choice but to use a car. Airport operators know this and are just adding to the stress of travelling if their customers feel they are being ripped off.

"In the long term better rail links would help but more immediately charges need to be much more transparent and penalties set at a much fairer level."

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