Kiss and Fly – the high cost you can pay to say goodbye to friends, family or colleagues at the UK’s airports
In previous stories I have highlighted the important role passenger car parking has historically played in the airport business model. But, with growing demand, restrictions on space and a push for travellers to make increasing use of public transportation, airports have had to find alternative ways to secure additional income from users. One of these has been the unpopular charge for short-term drop-offs and pick-ups, also popularly known as ‘kiss and fly’.
Looking at the UK market alone and the majority of its major airports now charge for even the shortest drop-off and pick-up durations at specified locations outside of the terminal building. These can be up to GBP3 for stays less than five minutes, up to GBP4.50 for up to ten minutes, GBP10 for up to 15 minutes and as high as GBP25 for 30 minutes, with some adding hefty penalties for exceeding specific durations of stay.
There are some exceptions to the rule that still allow free drop-offs and pick-ups, while many airports have an alternative area that can be used free of charge, but this is usually a little way away from the terminal and accessed either via a shuttle or longer walk.
Although the fees are unpopular, airports claim they are offering options for different passenger requirements and have the premium levy for the convenience of arriving or departing closer to terminal building. They also use the charges to help manage congestion in what is a capacity-restricted area, albeit the commercial gain will always be seen by passengers as the overriding motivation for airports.
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