Manchester Airport Bosses Will Axe The Free Drop-Off Lane This Month

Flying from Manchester Airport is about to become a lot more difficult.

If you didn’t find navigating the terminals traumatic enough, airport bosses have announced they will be axing the free drop-off lane this month.
From July 10 travellers will have to pay to be dropped off outside the terminal or use a free shuttle bus that departs from a drop-off zone in Thorley Lane, more than a mile away.
The free drop off area, credit: manchesterairport.

Tricia Williams, COO of Manchester Airport, said:

“Manchester Airport has seen a significant increase in passenger volumes in the past five years and is heavily investing in further growth and improvements to the customer experience, most notably through our £1bn transformation programme.

“This growth, coupled with imposed security restrictions on forecourt capacity and an inability to increase available space, has led to extreme congestion around the estate, especially at peak times. It became clear we had to take a more proactive approach to managing this, as Manchester Airport continues to grow, which is why we are introducing this forecourt management system.

“We are committed to ensuring people can still be dropped off for free at the airport, which is why we have invested in the creation of a dedicated drop-off site and free shuttle service. The location of the site has been carefully chosen due to its proximity to all terminal and the motorway network.

“We have listened carefully to issues raised by passengers since announcing our plans and have been able to respond to many of the concerns raised.

“Staff will be on hand prior, during and after the go live date on Tuesday July 10 to assist any passengers who need guidance or help.”

Thankfully the changes won’t affect blue badge holders who will be able to use the drop-off area free of charge. And a scheme for people living near to the airport who use its Ground Transport Interchange to travel in and out of Manchester and surrounding areas has also been developed.

It will allow people in certain postcodes to apply for a permit, giving them access to the station free of charge for an annual fee of £30.

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