Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Airport car parking 'rip-off' will drive us away

YOUR article about the extortionate rates air travellers are obliged to pay to park (News, January 27) is timely, if not overdue.

A number of years ago, I was shocked at what I was required to pay for 36 hours in the main car-park at George Best Belfast City Airport.

Since then, I have refrained from using the airport, or have been happy to use the Boal car park at Ikea. That the future of this car park is now being called in question by the planning authorities is a travesty.

The car park building was already there and it offers a possibility of competition.

The claim that it is not needed is irrelevant and untrue; irrelevant because the building was already a car park (though admittedly for a different purpose) and untrue because it is extensively used by travellers who do not wish to be ripped off.

While on the subject of "rip-off" parking fees, how much does Belfast International Airport make from the £1 charge levied on every car dropping off, or collecting passengers?

We travel frequently to our daughter's home in Brighton via Gatwick. She can drop us off under cover at the bottom of an escalator, or pick us up there, free of charge.

In contrast, at Belfast International, when she arrives with two small children, she is exposed to the vagaries of the weather and we are charged for the privilege.

I think not.

T D JOHNSTON

Coleraine, Co Londonderry

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