Following the rejection of its planning application (currently subject to an appeal), Bristol Airport is showing its customary contempt for passengers and local users of the Airport facilities by again exploiting the appalling lack of public transport to the Lulsgate bottom site and its monopoly on terminal parking.
This time it has raised charges for its ‘Drop & Go’ car park to £4 – a 400% increase in 18 months .
This latest price hike spotlights the reverse side of the ‘Drop & Go’ – the less catchy ‘Wait and Pick-up’. Passengers dropped at the terminal by car also need to be collected. Waiting times are uncertain and drivers meeting family and friends invariably hang in any available space near the Airport to minimise expensive time in the Drop & Go facility. These spaces include casual and often hasardous parking in country lanes, laybys, verges, field entrances and private property including churchyards and driveways.
All the more galling since only last year an Airport spokesman burbled on about taking local concerns seriously: ‘By providing a free alternative for private vehicles dropping off passengers, we aim to reduce the impact of growth on local villages.’ 
Apart from fleecing passengers who access the Airport by car, local communities are also penalised. Local residents use the Airport to drop family or friends to catch the Airport Flyer to and from Bristol so reducing car use. How many will pay this £8 sky-high surcharge (£8 return) on top of the £16 fare? On yer Uber…
The Civil Aviation Authority recommends that airport operators should provide a widely-advertised free facility for drop-off . The Airport provides a free drop-off point but this is obscurely located in the expanded Silver Zone car park and requires users to take a shuttle bus to and from the terminal. So much for the Airport’s promised ‘state-of-the-art public transport interchange’ comprising a coach and bus station, together with taxi ranks and a drop-off zone’ as the first step to an integrated transport hub.
The downturn caused by Covid-19 cannot excuse the Airport’s latest move to maximise income from its monopoly on parking and it refusal to provide a basic integrated transport interchange as part of its social responsibilities. 
Notes & References
1. Prices raised from 14th August 2020
3. ‘6.84 We encourage airport operators to continue to provide a free facility for drop-off and to make reasonable efforts to ensure its availability is publicised in their website, and in access road signage.’
Civil Aviation Authority (2017), ‘Review of market conditions for surface access at UK airports – Final report’ CAP%201473%20DEC16.pdf
4. The interchange would be situated on the roof of a new multi-storey car park, one of two to be built under the comprehensive development programme which was granted planning consent in 2011. The Airport also offered ‘a mass transit station could form part of an integrated structure linking the terminal, coach and bus interchange, and an additional multi-storey car parking’. The initial phase of the first multi-storey block opened in 2018 since when the Airport has resisted any further developments.
‘Public transport interchange’ p.27 Master plan consultation (May 2018)
5. Other Airport commitments include:
‘Improved surface access is at the heart of the airport’s future plans. Feedback from our previous consultation made it clear that this is crucial to ensuring that our customers have the most convenient, reliable, and value-for-money means of travelling to and from the airport.’
‘Our Charter for Surface Access reflects our objective of delivering a significant increase in public transport options, to provide passengers and colleagues with more choice in how they travel to and from the airport.’
‘Public transport interchange’ p.27 Master plan consultation (May 2018)file:///Users/johnadams/Downloads/Stage2bookletELECTRONICFINAL.PDF