It’s not just regional airports. Rail stations are also hiking parking fees in a bid to raise extra cash.
The problem faced by regional airports is that airlines are refusing to pay higher landing fees and so these airports must seek alternative revenue streams.
That is why some airports have “development fees,” drop-off charges (for passengers arriving by car/taxi), a fee-based fast track and even a fee for using a smoking zone.
Ironically soon after Newquay axed its £5 development fee, it led to an increase in air service.