Leeds & West Yorkshire

Leeds Bradford Airport drop-off fee rise

Drivers of large vehicles face a 200% increase in the cost of dropping off and picking up at Leeds Bradford Airport.

The charge for anyone driving a vehicle with more than seven seats has risen from £2 to £6.

Taxi drivers said the increase could cripple their businesses.

An airport spokesman said the charges only applied to large vehicles and they now had a dedicated lane "with the space they need to operate safely".

'Blatant overcharging'

TJ Lally, manager of Premier Taxis in Leeds, said: "I haven't a clue what's going to happen to us because I am either going to have to pass it on to the customer or the drivers are going to have to have to stand it.

"It's not just the private hire people that are suffering, we are because obviously we are in and out all day, but I am picking up my family when they come to visit me and I am having to pay."

Independent taxi driver Alan Thornburn, from Seacroft, said he knew another driver who had taken two people to the airport in a minibus and half of his £12 fare was spent on the drop-off charge.

He said: "It's just a crippler. Everybody's feeling the pinch without blatant overcharging like that."

In a statement, the airport said: "The charges for cars and taxis and private hire are unchanged.

"Only larger minibus vehicles with eight seats are subject to the higher charge, and they now have a dedicated lane with the space they need to operate safely."

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