HEATHROW Airport has introduced a new free drop-off for anyone traveling to the airport by car.
Passengers will now have to pay £ 5 to be dropped off at the terminal, however fast they depart.
The new rules, applied from November 1, were first proposed in 2020, but were suspended during the pandemic.
The airport will use Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) to track drivers, who can pay the fee in advance or before midnight on the day of their visit.
Heathrow car parks will continue to be available and normal charges will apply while a free drop-off option is available at Heathrow long-stay car parks.
Heathrow Long-Stay Car parks offer free 30-minute parking for those who want to avoid the new fees, but they will need to allow around 20 minutes to get to their terminals via the Heathrow shuttle services.
Anyone who does not pay the fee will be fined £ 80, although this drops to £ 40 if paid within 14 days.
London Gatwick and London Luton already charge passengers just to be dropped off at the airport.
Heathrow Airport lost more than £ 2bn during the pandemic, with the new charges hoping to bring in up to £ 100m a year, which bosses say will help the airport recover.
Britons traveling from Heathrow airport next year will have to pay an additional £ 8 each for their flights as part of new plans to raise airline fees.
London Airport currently charges £ 22 per passenger, which covers the costs of operating the airport, and this is passed on to travelers through their flight prices.
However, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has confirmed that prices will rise to between £ 24.50 and £ 34.40, up 56%.
However, this is another cost that Brits face when driving, following the introduction of the new ULEZ zone.
Drivers of older cars and vans will have to pay a fee of £ 12.50 for each day of driving in the area. And if they don’t pay the fees, they will get the fine.