Time to kiss your sweet free parking, drop off points goodbye…
Luton Airport has now decided to go ahead with introducing their new parking charges including the controversial "Kiss and Drop" fee of £1 charged to drivers when dropping others off at Luton for their flight using the priority drop off area. The plans came into place on the 1st July 2009.
They have however, come up with other ways of offering free drop off if you don’t want to pay this charge. These include a Mid-Term car park where passengers can drop off or park free for up to 60 minutes but you will need to take their free shuttle bus service to the terminal which is a short 2 minute journey and departs from a sheltered bus stop every 10 minutes. However, while this is a short 2 minute journey usually, in peak times, and while the new scheme is getting established there may be traffic delays which slow the buses down, so you are advised to leave plenty of time to ensure you are on time for your check in and flight.
Another option is their Short-Term car park which is just a 4 minute walk from the terminal and costs £2.50 for 15 minutes parking or £4.50 for up to 30 minutes. If you are a Blue Badge holder there are dedicated disabled bays which are free to use for up to 60 minutes. Luton also have plans to improve the facilities for disabled passengers such as introducing electric buggies by the end of 2009.
There are also a great range of public transport services helping you get Luton Airport including Luton taxis, coaches, buses and trains. These can be very reasonably priced and the earlier you book the better the price.