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Another fine example of how the public are being ripped off wherever possible. Birmingham airport parking (rapid drop off) apparently charge you £1 even though you are quite literally driving through and dropping someone off. I would have thought that the name would have said it all. You know, "rapid drop off". So you're not really parking at Birmingham airport as such, you're just dropping someone off at the airport or picking them up.
I find it absolutely amazing that this kind of thing goes on in this country and no one does anything about it. I'm having a gripe about it now because I've just come back from an early morning drop off at Birmingham airport (1 pound lighter in the pocket). Not a lot of money to complain about you might say, but when you consider that you can actually park up in most town centres without a charge and go and do some shopping you realise it's a right con.
you're allowed twenty minutes to drop passengers off or pick up
Interestingly I noticed the "no reversing" signs on the way in to the "car park". They've designed it very cleverly so that there isn't really a "rapid drop off point" at all, it is in fact an extremely short stay car park, i.e. you're allowed twenty minutes to drop passengers off or pick up.
Now having looked into all this back home, I understand they have made these changes to the parking system for security reasons after the incident at Glasgow airport. Now let me think about that. It might be a good idea to change the way that Birmingham airport drop off parking works, but is it really necessary to start charging drivers for the privilege?
I believe they're adopting this policy at other airports around the country as well, so Birmingham airport isn't the only place you'll be made to pay. Apparently you can park free in the drop off area if you are disabled, or alternatively you can use the long stay car park and get a shuttle bus. Hardly drop off parking though is it?
Needless to say when I'm making the return journey to pick up, I will not be using Birmingham airport's rapid drop off parking (read rip-off). I know its not a lot of money (well, actually it is these days) but it's the principle damn it!
By: Fed up with rip off parking charges at Birmingham