Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

Newquay Airport Scraps Free Parking

news_aircraft_landing.jpg
Delicious Submit this page to reddit

7:13am 5th April 2013
(Updated 7:13am 5th April 2013)

Free parking is scrapped at Newquay Airport.

Now we have all got to pay at least a pound, even if we are just dropping someone off.

Until last weekend we could get up to quarter of an hour without any charge.

Bosses at the council owned base say it will mean they have to rely less on council tax payers.

The airport already charges a mandatory £5 airport "development fee."

One passenger we spoke to said: "If you're literally dropping somone off for two minutes, dropping their bags off, then I think paying is a bit much. You have to pay an airport tax here anyway."

Another added: "It's just another thing to set you off on the wrong track when you're thinking about which airport you're going to use."

John Hicks runs the Smugglers Inn just opposite in St Mawgan. He said: "Just dropping someone off might take 35 seconds but to charge a pound for that privilege I think is totally out of order. They're trying to encourage people to come to Cornwall but they're doing their damndest to put them off by charging them every time they blow their nose."

Airport MD Al Titterington defended the decision. He said: "We've got to be looking at all aspects of our business and trying to increase revenues from all avenues across the business. We've got a mandate from Cornwall Council to be reducing that subsidy using all powers of the organisation and the car park is one tool we're using to do that.

"The majority of UK airports now are levelling a drop off charge. You have to pay carparking charges if you're going in to Newquay or into Truro. There's no free parking if you're going into the bakers to pick up a loaf of bread. It's the same if you're going to the airport."

Pirate FM has checked whether other airports have free parking.

Exeter said it offers ten minutes free parking at carpark 4, further away from the terminal. Bristol offers a ten minute free period. Heathrow has set down lanes outside the terminal, but does not allow waiting. Gatwick has free drop off points with an hour's free parking in a long stay carpark. Southampton gives ten minutes free while Cardiff has a twenty minute free drop off zone.

7:13am 5th April 2013

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
Most read
mermaid

PHOTOS: Storms leave sand up to windows of Cornish pub

Bosses call it the worst they have seen

redruth traffic lights

PHOTOS: Council responds to traffic light 'bedlum'

Why a busy Cornish road wound up with six sets

Top articles

WATCH: Fresh flood alerts set to last all weekend

Cornwall News: Cornwall river levels remain high after heavy rain

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

Lake District zip wire attraction a 'significant hazard'

National News: Controversial plans for a zip wire attraction in a Lake District valley could be scuppered by claims that low-flying fighter pilots would be put at risk if it goes ahead.

UPDATE: Body found on popular Cornish beach

Cornwall News: Police say death at Watergate Bay 'isn't suspicious'

Dolores O'Riordan: Cranberries singer's body in public repose

Showbiz News: Hundreds of people gathered to pay their respects to Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan whose body is in public repose.

Kenya blames colonial Britain for child landmine deaths

World News: Kenya has blamed British colonialists after four children were killed by a landmine.

Watford appoint Javi Gracia as head coach on 18-month contract

Sports News: Watford have appointed Javi Gracia as their new head coach on an 18-month contract, having sacked Marco Silva on Sunday morning.

Police staking out 'cannabis farm' drop gun while being charged at by elephants

Strange News: Police officers were charged by elephants while staking out a suspected cannabis farm, dropping an automatic rifle amid the chaos.

Newer article

Rugby Round Up

Cornwall News: Redruth visit Henley while Launceston host Barking

Older article

Cornish Campaign Over Justin Bieber's Monkey

Cornwall News: Wild Future Sanctuary near Looe says it will take care of star's three month old pet

Pirate Extra Pirate 70s Escape LoveCornwall