‘Kiss and fly’ tax at Leeds Bradford Airport goes up to £3

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Drop off charges at Leeds Bradford Airport have increased by 50 per cent.

Motorists are now faced with having to pay £3 instead of £2 to access the area outside the main terminal for up to half an hour.

The already controversial charge, dubbed the “kiss and fly” tax, was introduced at the airport in 2011.

The ticketless system uses automatic number plate recognition cameras to film cars entering the short stay car park outside the terminal building.

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A spokesman from Leeds Bradford Airport said there are now 100 spaces in a free one hour parking zone in the mid-stay car park at the Yeadon terminal.

A taxi driver who contacted the Yorkshire Evening Post said: “These charges came into force without any warning overnight.

“This must be the dearest airport in the UK.

“We are now in a position where customers who are currently on holiday are returning to be faced with this charge.

“Local pickups within a mile from the airport are now costing a minimum of £6 because of these charges and we cannot even drop off close to arrivals like their preferred service provider.

“Manchester Airport charges £2.90 to pick up, relatively close to arrivals but there is no charge for dropping off, which again is close to departures.”

A spokesman from the airport said: “Leeds Bradford Airport has introduced a dedicated 100 spaces ‘Free One Hour Parking Zone’ located in the premium Mid Stay Car Park area a short three to four minutes walk from the main terminal entrance.

“The facility is clearly signposted on entering the airport, and benefits from an upgraded walkway for pedestrians and a dedicated and convenient new entrance from Whitehouse Lane.

“The Free One Hour Parking Zone provides all passengers with the option to drop off and pick up free of charge for stays of up to 60 minutes.”

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DROP OFF FEE THAT CAUSED OUTRAGE

The controversial drop off charges were first introduced at Leeds Bradford Airport in spring 2011, with a blanket charge of £2 per vehicle.

The YEP reported motorists have opted to drop off and pick up on Whitehouse Lane – the main approach to the airport – causing congestion and safety concerns.

Last year the YEP revealed that a private hire firm had claimed its future could be placed in jeopardy following a decision by bosses at Leeds Bradford Airport to axe a scheme which allowed drivers access to the pick-up point outside the main terminal, without having to pay the usual fee.

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