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Airport bans free pick-up parking
Manchester Airport
Short term car parking will cost 1.80 for under 30 minutes
Manchester Airport is to start charging people collecting passengers from its three terminals regardless of how quickly travellers are picked up.

Traditionally motorists collecting from Terminal 1 are given 10 minutes free parking but from 1 November they will be directed to the short term car park.

The airport says the new measures will help boost security and safety.

The new charging system will be rolled out to Terminal 3 in December and Terminal 2 the following month.

Parking for less than 30 minutes in a short term bay usually costs 2.30 but this is being reduced to 1.80 - a saving of just over 20% - across all the airport's short term car parks from 1 November.

New signs

There will be no changes to the procedure for the drop-off of passengers.

Andy Cliffe, car parks commercial director at Manchester Airport, said: "There are restrictions that prevent people from waiting outside the terminal buildings.

"For safety and security reasons we have decided to enforce these procedures more rigorously to improve traffic flow and reduce the chance of road accidents."

To help facilitate the transition, a new team of customer service staff will be on-hand to assist drivers and signs around the airport will be updated to ensure passengers are clearly directed.

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