It said that most of the UK's 20 busiest airports charge motorists for dropping off passengers, however six of them "still offer some free parking provision". London's Luton and Stanstead airports insist on a minimum of £3 for a stay of just ten minutes.
London Luton was the most expensive for pick-ups with a £7 fee for 40 minutes, followed by Birmingham which charges drivers £4.70 to park for up to 60 minutes.
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RAC head of external affairs, Pete Williams, said: "While it is true that many airports provide a range of different parking options for drivers depending on how long they expect to stay, motorists need to be aware of the sky-high charges levied by some for parking close to the terminal."
He continued: "Drivers are running the risk of incurring some hefty charges if they drive to a pick-up zone to collect somebody whose flight is delayed, or who has to wait a long time at baggage reclaim. In these cases, they are much better finding another, more affordable airport car park."
"The message to anyone picking up or dropping off at an airport this summer is simple - check the fees carefully before you set out."
Most expensive airports for picking up travellers
|London Luton||£7 for 40 minutes, equivalent to 17.5p per minute|
|Birmingham||£4.70 for 60 minutes, equivalent to just under 8p per minute|
|London Stansted||£4.50 for 30 minutes, equivalent to 15p per minute|
|Edinburgh||£3.90 for 15 minutes, equivalent to 26p per minute|
|London Heathrow||£3.60 for 30 minutes, equivalent to 12p per minute|
Most expensive airports for dropping off travellers
|London Luton||£3 for ten minutes, equivalent to 30p per minute|
|London Stansted||£3 for ten minutes, equivalent to 30p per minute|
|East Midlands||£2 for ten minutes, equivalent to 20p per minute|
|Aberdeen||£2 for 15 minutes, equivalent to 13p per minute|
|Edinburgh||£1 for five minutes, equivalent to 20p per minute|