14 MARCH 2011
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Mobile (cell) phone users can now wait to collect inbound passengers in a specially designated holding lay-by prior to the arrival’s area at Honolulu’s International Airport. There is no charge and whilst the area is monitored by the police they will not normally move drivers on. However directly outside the actual terminal the law is much more hard-nosed with just five minutes allowed to pick up the passenger(s). After that it becomes very expensive.
Airports in the UK have expressed an interest in the scheme but point out that finding space for such an operation is not easy, and it is a non-revenue service. Typical is Luton Airport, which has a single track approach road, and a very congested drop off and arrivals area. Its remedy is to charge £1 for dropping off passengers and charge a minimum of £3.20 for 15 minutes to use the short term car park. A holding area system, even with a nominal charge, might work. www.london-luton.com http://hawaii.gov/hnl
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