Glasgow Airport in Scotland has announced the doubling of pick-up and drop-off charges from 4 December.

The fee for its dedicated pick-up and drop-off facility will be charged at £4 instead of £2 for up to ten minutes.

This initiative has been taken in view of the unprecedented economic challenges faced by the airport as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

Travellers with electric automobiles will be able to access the pick-up and drop-off facility directly opposite the terminal, free of charge for the first ten minutes.

They can also pre-register for free access for the first ten minutes.

A 30-minute free parking option will continue to be available to all other passengers in the long-stay car park on the airport grounds and to the Blue Badge holders in Car Parks 1 and 2.

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The airport has encouraged the passengers that think they may take longer than ten minutes to use the short-stay car parks or free option rather than the pick-up and drop-off facility.

AGS Airports chief executive Derek Provan said: “The impact of Covid-19 continues to have a devastating impact on Glasgow Airport, which has been brought to a standstill during a nine-month period.

“Our passenger numbers are down by as much as 96% and we anticipate next year’s figures to be on a par with the passenger levels we experienced in the early 1990s.

“The funds generated through these changes will go directly towards re-establishing Glasgow’s vital connectivity. It will take years for the airport to return to pre-Covid levels, however, it’s important we start the long process of rebuilding the routes and services our passengers demand and the economy relies so heavily on.

“Despite the huge economic challenges brought about by the pandemic, we have also made improvements to the facility to further enhance the convenience it provides.”

In April, the long-stay car park at Glasgow Airport transformed into a ‘drive-thru’ mobile testing facility that could be used only for frontline NHS staff.

The car park is spread over an area of 17 acres and is located on Abbotsinch Road.