Dublin Airport plans new charge for drop-off and pick-up

by Sylvia Pownall

Dublin Airport plans to introduce charges for those collecting or dropping off passengers by car in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Works on new designated drop-off and pick-up zones in front of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 are set to get under way shortly pending planning permission.

The new charges will not be introduced during the pandemic but will come into effect once it ends, an airport spokesperson confirmed.

Private cars are currently allowed to drop passengers in front of both terminals, but they are not permitted to collect people from these locations.

Strict bans on terminal drop-offs have been implemented at some other airports here and are the norm in the UK, with hefty fines for motorists flouting them.

Last year almost one third of people (32%) used cars to access the airport. A spokesperson said the system has been “abused by some for several years, with cars illegally stopping to wait for pick-ups or circling the campus roads several times before they collect their party”.

The new paid system will allow dwell time at the new toll booths of less than 60 seconds – with special provision for those with reduced mobility.

A free drop-off and pick-up option will continue to be available in the Express Red long-term car park with shuttle bus transport from there to the terminal.

A new ‘reduced fee’ 30-minute parking period will also be introduced at Dublin Airport’s short-term car parks, which are located beside the passenger terminals

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