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Article from BTNews 1 NOVEMBER 2021

Heathrow drop-off

Today sees the introduction of drop-off charges at Heathrow bringing it in line with all the other London airports except City and Southend which are free. 

Most provincial airports are also gratis with the exception of MAG-owned Manchester and East Midlands whilst Belfast City operates a 10min free rule, except for taxi drivers who pay a nominal £2.50.

The Heathrow Terminal Drop-Off Charge is only payable online, via an automated telephone service or via autopay. It cannot be dealt with at an airport ticket machine or in the terminal drop-off zones.  The fee is applied via Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) – there are no barriers.

All the terminals will be covered by the scheme.

Exemptions are available “for blue badge holders, operational vehicles, emergency services, motorcycles, coaches, and (what it calls) colleague buses,” but you need to register before you travel. You are required to supply the vehicle registration number, visit date, badge number, flight number and an image of the front and rear of blue badge plus of course an email address. The good news is that it can be done retrospectively up to midnight the day after the trip.  But is it worthwhile for the £5 fee involved?

You cannot pick up passengers in the drop-off zones but with all the terminals short-term parking is close by and easy with charges starting from £5.10p for the first 29 minutes.


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