The new drop off parking fee at Leeds Bradford Airport has been defended by an airport boss as necessary to help offset the £3 million cost of upgrading the apron area outside the terminal, the Telegraph & Argus reports.
Tony Hallwood, LBIA commercial director, told Bradford business leaders that the £2 charge for the drop-off and pick-up car park was in line with fees at other airports such as Manchester, Newcastle and Bristol. He added that the introduction of charges followed extensive work on airport facilities, which formed part of a longer-term major investment programme that would see the terminal building and passenger services vastly improved.
Tony Hallwood, LBIA commercial director, told Bradford business leaders that the £2 charge for the drop-off and pick-up car park was in line with fees at other airports such as Manchester, Newcastle and Bristol.
Rubbish - there is no drop off fee at MAN
Not sure about NCL and BRS
Is this a case of misleading people by the Commercial Director or sloppy reporting - or both - a journo just regurgitating a press release without checking?
He was referring to both pick up and drop off car parking and pointing out that some charge for both and others charge for one or the other, but the principle of some kind of drop off and/or pick up charges are common place.
As far as I am aware, MAN offers free drop off - but no waiting - but there is no free pick up. Indeed, the MAN website has the following comment in its 'Pick up and drop off' section which seems to confirm this
There is no free pick-up allowed anywhere on-site. The Turn Up and Pay – Short Stay Price for up to 30 minutes is £2.20
Is this no longer the case - i.e. you can pick up passengers from the terminal front now, for free at MAN?
Of course with fuel prices at £1.30 to £1.40 a litre, there's probably a far bigger cost difference in the drive there and back than there is a couple of pounds in car parking
2Planks: I'd be more worried about the price of a pint in the terminal or on board your flight than a drop off charge..£2.50 darn here in BOH for drop off , but then with a pint costing £5 its enough to in yer beer
However the issue of free access to airports is now with EU Transport Commissioner, Siim Kallas. He has said that the EU's transport directorate would raise the drop-off charge with the European Observatory on Airport Capacity, which has the remit to address the question of access to all of Europe's airports.
Just watch the pick up charge double though to compensate for any EU free drop off legislation....and yes its about time those idiots at LBIA put some covered walkways in down the ramp like BRS...We're not all hard as nails twelve cans of wife beater northerners you know
Bristol, Newcastle & East Midlands charge £1 while Bournemouth charges £2.50p for pick/drop off fees. Manchester also has a £2.20 pick up free for arriving passengers. (But dose include 30 mins parking)
Meanwhile Airports at Newquay £5, Teeside £6 and Blackpool £10 charge a development fee instead that have to be paid by all departing passengers. Not just car drivers.
So would you rather pay the £6 to £10 development fee instead of the now lower priced £2 (£4 return) drop off/pick up fee which is only paid by car users at Leeds/Bradford?
The fee can be avoided at LBA by parking in the Long stay Car Park 3. As it’s still free to park in there for up to 1 hour. It can also be avoided by using either one of the airport bus services which operate from Leeds (757), Bradford (737/747), Harrogate (737) and Otley (967).
It amazes me how a company can buy an airport with the promise of a multi million pound investment and developement, then in a deceptive way charge the airport users to pay for the investment!!!! Does this happen at Leeds City Railway Station!!!! Maybe they should do the same as LBA, as they are going to spend millions doing the railway station up, this way the user will foot the bill and there will be more money in profits for the railway owners. The airport company should not be charging the airport customer for work done, its like Tesco saying that they are going to build a new supermarket, but could all the people that will use it please give us £2 everytime you do.......its disgraceful!!!
Apparantly you cant stop anywhere near to the terminal to drop off either. They`ve thought of that...according a to a friend of mine who got caught out, they have double yellow peril lines all over the place re inforced by a squad of` `parking wardens` armed with electronic number plate recorders so they know where to send the `bill` to
I`m not getting into the rights and wrongs of charging, but sadly word gets out and it sends the wrong signals, which may be to the detriment of LBIA...
Still at least at Liverpool you still get 10 mins free to pick up and drop off
Liverpool airport returned a 5.1 million loss in 2010. If they could scrape another couple of quid from each passenger, they would have made a profit. Airport losses have been driven by the demand for lower and lower fares where the airports have to rely on shops and parking. So, those who talk about airport rip offs, would they invest in one? No, I thought not.
WAWKRK - LBIA is a for profit company in a capitalist country - they can choose to charge what they like. I am a customer in a capitalist country - I can choose my airport. I am equidsitant from 3 local airports. All things considered in business you have to speculate to accumulate. Currently (IMHO) LBIA is a crowded, dirty airport with poor transport links where punctuality is poor (especially if you take into account the time it sometime takes to get from the remote stands). This new charge just makes the experience that little bit worse. Just because other airports do it doesn't make it good business sense, look at the pit of despair that is Durham Tees Valley. That's all.
Wawkrk: you asked "so where does the money come from"
My reply to that is this:
They are an investment company, it was their company that bought the airport and promised to invest Millions of pounds into the re developement of the airport and its infrastructure, they are in it to make the airport more valuable, but to have an idea and expect other people to invest by been charged to drop off people is wrong.......as an investment company Bridgepoint have their fingers in many pies, do they make charges with their other services in this way.. doubt it