Luton brings in £1 drop-off fee

London Luton Airport is to charge motorists a £1 charge for dropping off passengers at its terminal building.
The charge will enable drivers to spend up to 10 minutes in the airport’s recently refurbished drop-off zone, though the airport says travellers have the option to avoid the fee by being dropped off at its mid-term car park before catching a shuttle bus to the terminal.
The airport’s operator, Albertis, says the new drop-off zone has more space for travellers to unload, and includes larger parking bays for passengers with reduced mobility.
Nic Horton, Luton’s general manager of projects and development, said: “Dropping passengers off can be a stressful experience.  We have therefore given careful consideration to providing the right facilities and enough time for people to unload in a secure environment.  Making a small charge reminds drivers of the 10-minute time allocation and keeps the traffic flowing.”
“By offering a choice of options we can provide an airport experience to suit the needs of all our passengers.”
It is not known if Albertis plans to introduce similar charges at its Belfast and Cardiff airports.
Luton says the new charge will be introduced some time after April 29, 2009.
It already charges a £1 fee to use its baggage trolleys and the same amount is levied on the clear plastic bags required to take liquids through security.