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Review of drop off facilities at Southampton Airport

Review of drop off facilities at Southampton Airport

A number of changes are being made to Express Drop Off facilities as part of a review at Southampton Airport. The Express Drop Off in fee will be set at £4 for 20 minutes from June 14, 2022.

The pricing structure hasn’t been revised at Southampton since 2018 and since then we have gone through the biggest downturn in aviation due to the pandemic.

We are also making changes for blue badge holders. Those with a valid badge will be entitled to a free 30-minute period in the clearly marked blue badge spaces within the short stay car park, which are the closest to the terminal.

To support efforts to operate in a more sustainable manner, passengers with private fully electric vehicles will be able to access the Express Drop Off facility directly opposite the terminal free of charge for the first 20 minutes. Electric vehicle users must pre-register for free access for the first 20 minutes through the airport website.

Steve Szalay, Operations Director at Southampton Airport, said: “It will take years for the airport to return to pre-covid levels. The impact saw key routes lost and passenger numbers down by more than 90% at times.

“Our airport is a critical piece of national infrastructure which demands continual investment, and we continue to do this at Southampton Airport investing in our long-term sustainability strategy and by introducing this Electric Vehicle registered scheme to provide 20-minute free access to our Express Drop Off is the first of many measures we look to introduce.

“It’s imperative we start what will be a long recovery process at Southampton Airport to restore the regional connectivity that the region relies on so heavily.”