Drivers dropping off or picking up passengers at Bristol Airport are being hit by a 200 per cent increase in charges – from £1 to £3 – but there is a way to avoid paying that.
The airport has introduced a separate ‘waiting zone’, which will allow passengers to be dropped off and picked up for free – if the passengers themselves are ok with getting a shuttle bus to or from the airport terminal.
The pick-up and drop-off zone right next to the terminal doors has been £1 for ten minutes – which is usually long enough for someone to drop off loved ones, get their luggage out of the boot and say your goodbyes – or to pick someone up who is coming out of arrivals.
But from Monday (October 28), the price for that is going up from £1 to £3, and people are distinctly not happy about it, deluging our social media this week when we broke the news of the charges hike.
Staying longer than ten minutes is going to be costly too – if you stay between ten and 20 minutes, it’s going up from £3 to £5, while a stay of 20-40 minutes is going up from a fiver to £7.
But there is a way of getting around that, a way of dropping off your friends or family and being on your way without paying a penny.
A new area away from the airport terminal opened on September 30 and is a waiting zone. It’s free for an hour and basically it works like this.
How waiting area works
Drivers dropping off passengers can park up and wait with them for a shuttle bus to take them to the terminal, then be on their way.
Drivers picking up passengers can wait for them to arrive on that shuttle bus.
Drivers can wait for up to an hour for free, and the shuttle buses run all the time.
A Bristol Airport spokesperson said: “The price to drop off passengers has remained unchanged since 2011 and the new tariff compares with other regional airports.
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“Previously known as Express Drop Off, the area has been extended as part of a £1.4m investment in the airport’s car parks which includes the creation of a waiting zone for taxis that can also be used free of charge by private vehicles.
“Rebranding to ‘Drop and Go’ reflects the intention for this area to see a rapid turnover of vehicles rather than longer stays, with tariffs reflecting its convenience and proximity to the terminal.
“We have created choice and a variety of car parking options whilst addressing the increasing problem in local villages and laybys of inconsiderate parking and behaviour of drivers for our local residents.
“After feedback from local residents impacted by inconsiderate parking in the local area with drivers blocking roads, laybys and residents’ drives, a new one-hour free Waiting Zone car park has been created.
“This new car park is located by the entrance to Silver Zone to the south of the terminal and is linked by a frequent shuttle bus service. Cars can park for 60 minutes free of charge in this area.
“An alternative to the Drop and Go car park will be the Short Stay and Pick Up car park, located opposite the terminal building and within a short walking distance.
“This car park is designed for drivers requiring longer stay lengths when collecting family, friends and customers. From Monday 28 October the fee will be £2.00 for 20 minutes.”
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