Luton Airport `kiss and drop` levy

A £1 "kiss and drop" charge is to be levied at Luton Airport "to remind drivers of the 10-minute time allocation, and keep the traffic flowing".

Birmingham Airport has a similar charge, and motorists now fear that other airports will quickly follow suit.

Drivers will still have the option of leaving passengers at the mid-term car park and using a free shuttle buss to the terminal, which is two minutes drive away.

Luton already charges £1 to use luggage trolleys and for clear plastic security bags, and £3 for a queue-jumping priority lane at the security checkpoint.

Says Luton spokesman Nic Horton: "Dropping passengers off can be a stressful experience, and we have therefore given careful consideration to providing the right facilities and enough time for people to unload in a secure environment.

"Making a small charge reminds drivers of the 10-minute time allocation and keeps the traffic flowing. By offering a choice of options we can provide an airport experience to suit the needs of all our passengers."

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