A Glasgow MP has voiced his concern at the lack of consultation over Glasgow Airport’s plans to charge drivers for a dedicated pick-up and drop-off facility.
Stewart McDonald, MP for Glasgow South and member of the Transport Select Committee, has written to the Chief Executive of Glasgow Airport calling a consultation with the public, politicians and business representatives in Glasgow in regards to the airport’s new proposals.Proposals published this week suggest the Airport is planning a wide scheme of works aimed at reducing congestion and improving the flow of traffic on the airport's road network, which also includes the introduction of a charging structure for drop-offs, with customers paying £2 for a stay of up to ten minute.
Commenting, Stewart McDonald said:
“Whilst I agree that there is an issue with congestion at Glasgow Airport’s drop-off zone, I am slightly concerned at the plans to charge drivers £2 for ten minutes and the overtime charge, whilst blue badge holders will remain exempt from paying anything extra.
“These proposals will result in additional costs for family and friends of those using the airport for their holidays, and I would ask the Airport to consider drawing up a consultation with the public, politicians and business representatives in the city before pressing ahead.
“Glasgow Airport needs to reconsider the charges and ensure it keeps its reputation of being one of the most attractive airports to travel from.”