Planned £5 charge for Heathrow drop-off


Heathrow looks set to introduce £5 vehicle access charges in front of all terminals in a bid to recoup some of the losses incurred by the covid crisis.

A statement from the company said that it was “exploring” the introduction of the charge which would affect both drop-off and pick-up arrangements for passengers. If approved, it is likely to be introduced at the end of 2021.

It said that the charge would offset airport costs, including future sustainable transport investments, as well as lowering the charges for passengers

“The charge, expected to be around £5, is part of several revisions to the airport’s surface access plan as a result of the near collapse in passenger numbers and £1.5bn losses incurred in 2020” said the statement.

A consultation with airport users and ‘stakeholders’ is to take place before a final decision is made.

Similar charges are already in place at many other UK airports including Manchester and Stansted.

Heathrow Director of Surface Access Tony Caccavone said: “The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been severe, especially on the aviation industry with Heathrow passenger numbers down over 80% and the business losing £5m a day. These changes will help us to protect the business financially and save jobs in the short term, whilst also allowing us to stay on track for our long-term goals of providing safe, sustainable and affordable transport options into the future.”