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New Airport Drop Off Charges Introduced

You can no longer drop someone off at a terminal building at Manchester Airport for free.

Manchester Airports Group (MAG) say they are introducing fees to reduce congestion. 

It will now cost motorists £3 for five minutes or £4 for ten for everyone excluding blue badge holders. Pickup fees remain the same (£4 for 30 minutes). 

Drivers will not be allowed to recirculate. Those that do face a £25 fine. 

There is still a free drop off point however just over a mile away from the terminal buildings where there will be a free shuttle bus service. 

Private hire taxis and commercial operators who regularly use the airport will be able to apply for a discounted scheme.  

Tricia Williams, COO of Manchester Airport, said:


“Manchester Airport has seen a significant increase in passenger volumes in the past five years and is heavily investing in further growth and improvements to the customer experience, most notably through our £1bn transformation programme.


“This growth, coupled with imposed security restrictions on forecourt capacity and an inability to increase available space, has led to extreme congestion around the estate, especially at peak times. It became clear we had to take a more proactive approach to managing this, as Manchester Airport continues to grow, which is why we are introducing this forecourt management system.


“We are committed to ensuring people can still be dropped off for free at the airport, which is why we have invested in the creation of a dedicated drop-off site and free shuttle service. The location of the site has been carefully chosen due to its proximity to all terminal and the motorway network.


“We have listened carefully to issues raised by passengers since announcing our plans and have been able to respond to many of the concerns raised.

“Staff will be on hand prior, during and after the go live date on Tuesday July 10 to assist any passengers who need guidance or help.”

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