A taxi driver has spoken out against what he has described as the "absolutely ridiculous" decision to change the parking tariff at East Midlands Airport's rapid drop-off point.
The airport changed the fee from 10 minutes for £2 to five minutes for £2 on Monday 20th May.
Drivers are then charged an additional £1 per minute after the five minutes has passed.
An East Midlands Airport spokesman has said the decision to change the tariff is to reduce the congestion that builds due to drivers spending more than five minutes at the drop-off point, which is right outside the airport's arrivals and departures entrances.
But Tony Parkinson from Bilborough, Nottinghamshire who has been driving taxis for 23 years says he feels he can't do his job "properly" due to having to rush customers to avoid "extortionate" fees.
The taxi driver who works for a private firm, regularly does airport runs up and down the country and claims his colleagues and members of the public will be left out of pocket by the decision. He said:
Andy Tyler Smith, East Midlands Airport’s customer services and security director, said: