Bristol airport has increased the charges for use of its ‘Drop and Go’ and ‘Short Stay and Pick Up’ car parks.

Located next to the airport’s terminal building, the Drop and Go facility now levies a charge of £6 for a ten-minute stay (up from £5), rising to £8 for between ten and 20 minutes, £12 for between 20 and 40 minutes, £25 for between 40 and 60 minutes, and £25 for each additional hour or part of thereafter.

The airport said that the increases – which take effect from today (Thursday 4 January, 2024) reflect “the intention for this area to see a rapid turnover of vehicles rather than longer stay lengths, which causes congestion within the confined number of spaces available”.

Prices for Short Stay and Pick Up car park – located “a short walk from the terminal” – have also increased, and now range from £6 for stays up to 30 minutes, £15 for between one and four hours, and £175 for four days.

Bristol airport said that customers dropping off family and friends who have a Blue Badge will continues to use the Drop and Go car park for an extended stay of 40 minutes for £6, when scanning the badge at the exit barrier.

The airport also operates a Waiting Zone located by the entrance to the Silver Zone to the south of the terminal, where drivers can wait for 60 minutes free of charge “before relocating to collect customers from the car parks closer to the terminal”.

The airport said it is investing £60 million in the creation of a new public transport interchange and additional multi-storey car park, with a glazed bridge link between the car parks and terminal.

Quoted in November Bristol airport’s CEO Dave Lees said that the project was”the largest single capital investment project since the terminal opened in 2000 and will take 18 months to complete”.

“As with all large-scale projects, they are complex and the development work will need to be phased to accommodate the normal day to day Airport operations,” continued Lees.

“During the project, customers will see several temporary changes taking place, including temporary relocation of some car parks and changes to internal roads layouts.

“We will continue to keep customers informed of the changes via directional signage, customer messaging on car park bookings, the website and on social media.”

To read our recent UK spotlight feature looking at Bristol’s ambitious plans to become the country’s greenest city, and its airport’s target of being net zero by 2030, see:

UK spotlight: Bristol