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Stansted airport most expensive to drop off passengers following price hike

London Stansted demands the highest fee for dropping off passengers Credit: PA

Stansted airport is the most expensive airport in the country to drop off passengers.

According to new figures from the RAC, the airport has hiked parking charges for drivers in the last year.

Drivers are being charged £3.50 for ten minutes at Stansted, that's an increase of 50p from last year.

The second highest airport to park is Luton, where drivers are being charged £3 for ten minutes.

Anyone driving family or friends to or from an airport should check prices in advance Credit: PA

The study also found Luton charged the most for collecting passengers at £7 for 40 minutes and Stansted followed with £5 for half an hour.

The RAC has advised drivers to "keep goodbyes to a minimum" and said the price increase "another way of making money out of drivers."

The eye-watering drop-off and pick-up costs at some airports is likely to be viewed by drivers as another way of making money out of them, particularly in instances where public transport to and from the airport simply isn't a viable option.

This year many airports have increased the already sky-high prices they charge for short-stay parking near their departure and arrival terminals making a good deed a costly experience.

Drop-off charges are the biggest bone of contention as for many they appear severe when they are simply pulling up for less than five minutes and often don't even get out of the car themselves.

– Simon Williams, RAC
Research by the RAC revealed eight of the top 20 airports increased their charges in 2017 Credit: PA

The Airport Operators Association has defended the price hike and said it "allows airports to maintain lower air fares."

The spokesman said airports provide clear information about the cost of parking options, meaning passengers have a "high level of awareness of the different ways they can choose to get to the airport, ranging from public transport to travelling by car".

Motorists collecting family or friends from Luton are charged the most in the UK Credit: PA

Here are the most expensive airports in the UK to drop off passengers:

  • London Stansted - £3.50 for 10 minutes (£3 for 10 minutes in 2016)
  • London Luton - £3 for 10 minutes (£3 for 10 minutes in 2016)
  • Liverpool John Lennon -£3 for 20 minutes (£2 for 20 minutes in 2016)
  • Leeds Bradford - £3 for 30 minutes (£3 for 30 minutes)
  • Birmingham - £2 for 10 minutes (£1 for 10 minutes in 2016)
  • Glasgow International - £2 for 10 minutes (Free in 2016)
  • East Midlands - £2 for 10 minutes (£2 for 10 minutes in 2016)