DRIVERS dropping off holidaymakers at Manchester Airport will have to pay a fee from next week. 

Starting on Tuesday, July 10, the airport is introducing a tariff for dropping off outside the terminal.

Motorists who want to drop passengers off directly outside the terminals and train station will have to pay £3 for five minutes or £4 for 10 minutes. 

Staying for longer than 10 minutes is not permitted.

The system will include ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) in and a barrier system out, with payment taken at the barrier by card (contactless and chip & pin) or cash.

What should I do if I don't want to pay a fee?

Alternatively there is a free drop off area and a shuttle bus will transport passengers free of charge to the terminal.

A spokesman added: "There will be frequent shuttle buses, with journey times ranging from five to seven minutes, depending on the terminal you are travelling to.

"These services will be operated to a 24 hour daily schedule with marshals on hand to assist."

What about picking up passengers?

The changes only affect drivers dropping passengers off.

The process for picking-up passengers remains the same – passengers can be picked-up in the arrivals car parks and multi-storey car parks with a charge of £4 for 30 minutes.

Where is the free drop-off area?

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Credit: Manchester Airport

If you need any more information about the changes you can visit the Manchester Airport website by clicking here.