Belfast International Airport Parking Long stay, short stay & meet and greet parking information Tue, 24 Sep 2013 18:14:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Plastic Surcharge on Belfast Airport Parking Thu, 07 Oct 2010 13:00:39 +0000 John Customers paying by credit and debit card for Belfast International Airport parking will now have to pay a 3% surcharge on all transactions. The new charges have been operational since May 2010 due to a handling fee passed on by credit card companies.

However, there have been significant shortfalls in the airport’s measures to publicise the new charges. Up until a few days ago there was no information on the official website warning customers of the new charges. There is also no information on the outdoor tariff boards as you enter the car park. In fact, these boards encourage the use of plastic payment for customer convenience.

The airport stress “signs are placed on all entrance and exit barriers as well as ticket machines…the most logical place to alert drivers to the change”. However, some customers have reported problems with the signage which often goes unnoticed as it is placed above eye level on the ticket machines.

The surcharge has also been introduced at Belfast’s other airport, George Best City Airport, and they have advertised the charges for some time on their website and around the car parking area. The City of Derry Airport, however, has no surcharges on plastic transactions.

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Survey Lauds Cheap Airport Parking At BFS Tue, 05 Oct 2010 15:14:05 +0000 John

According to a Which? Car Survey published on May 14th 2010, Belfast International Airport (BFS) provides some of the cheapest airport parking in the UK.

The survey priced various different car parking options at 15 of the busiest UK airports. Belfast International Airport offered the cheapest onsite, 7 day parking at a meagre £23. It’s closest competitors were Liverpool and Bristol Airports, which charged £27 and £29 respectively.

Belfast International also ranked very high at providing cheap offsite parking. Manchester Airport narrowly pipped Belfast International over the same time period, providing the service at £19.84 to Belfast’s £21. Again it was Liverpool and Bristol Airport which also provided cheap parking options.

The news will be welcomed by Belfast International’s Airport Operators who have come under fire for introducing controversial drop off charges. However, measures taken to reduce the costs of short term parking have done little to placate public unrest.

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Drop Off Charges Thu, 23 Sep 2010 09:24:27 +0000 John The Issue

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There has been huge criticism surrounding the £1 drop off charge introduced by Belfast International Airport on 7th July 2010.

What’s it all about?

In order to adhere to UK government airport guidelines, Belfast International Airport has undertaken significant renovation to the drop off area outside the terminal building.

Changes in the guidelines are a result of the attempted terrorist attack on Glasgow Airport in 2007, when a car containing gas cylinders was driven into the front of the terminal building.

At Belfast International Airport changes have been put in place to increase the distance between the terminal and the drop off zones. The new area has been doubled to incorporate a further lane, four rows of spaces, a longer kerb length and larger bays for passengers with mobility problems.

The Airport’s official website says the changes will “reduce congestion and improve traffic flow” however, the general public and local councils are angered by the costs shouldered by the general public. Belfast International Airport is expected to make £2 million in revenue from the new system.

Why all the fuss?

First and foremost people resent the fare, many claiming the airport is charging for a basic public service.

Reports by the BBC stating Belfast International Airport published profits of over £10.5 million in 2008 has further angered their critics.

Jonathan Bell MLA DUP, a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly’s environmental committee has begun investigations into the new charges on the grounds they are discriminatory to the elderly, disabled and young children.

Since the charges have begun many have reported problems with signposting at the airport. People aiming to park in short stay areas have found themselves accidentally entering the drop off zone and forced to pay charges.

Airport taxi companies may also be forced to increase their fares as a result of the new charges.

What are the alternatives?

The airport has dropped the charges in short stay car parks. Customers can now park for up to an hour for £1. According to a WHICH? survey of airport parking in May 2010, Belfast International Airport provided the cheapest service out of the15 busiest airports in the UK.

A free drop off zone remains operational at the long stay car park, a short walk from the terminal building. Customers are allowed a 10 minute grace period at this area.

What next?

The main concern is people who try to avoid the drop off areas may decide to park illegally or away from the airport, causing congestion on approach roads.

Alternatively, with many customers opting to use the short stay facility, the terminal building itself could become extremely busy creating security risks: the very problem they aimed to combat.

Have your say…

What do you think of the changes? Is it a necessary precaution? What problems have you encountered? Where would you like to see the profits invested?

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