COLLECTING FRIENDS AND FAMILY FROM TERMINAL 5
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Heathrow Terminal 5 has introduced obligatory parking charges which means that every single person who collects arriving passengers has to pay £3.80 -- even if they have no need to stop for longer than to put luggage into the boot of the car.
I am not aware of any other country which has this scandalous charge. At every airport worldwide, you can pick up passengers by driving past. It does not require parking to do so, and pretending otherwise is a blatant racket.
At the drop-off area on the higher level there are messages threatening fines for picking up despite the fact there are two lanes and therefore usually ample room to pause long enough to load up.
The UK already has the highest departure tax in the world and now Terminal 5 wants to charge you for arriving. You are forced to drive into the car park ‘collecting point’ – where you pay from the first minute you go through the barrier.
Terminal 5 should be forced to abandon this shameful money-making enterprise. for which there is no justification except the fulfilment of their desire to line their own pockets at ordinary people's expense.
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