Gatwick will introduce a charge for vehicles using the forecourt to drop off passengers directly outside its terminals from next year.
The revenue raised will help the airport continue its recovery from the economic impact of the Covid-19 crisis.
Anyone who does not wish to pay the charge will be able to drop-off or pick-up passengers in the long-stay car parks with two hours free parking and a free shuttle bus to the terminals.
Currently, cars are permitted to drop off passengers directly in front of both terminals.
People picking up passengers are required to use the short stay car park, although this does not always happen, and some people use the forecourt to pick up.
A £5 charge will therefore be introduced for vehicles using the forecourt.
This charge will help Gatwick continue to meet its commitment to reduce ‘kiss and fly’ – the least sustainable type of journey to the airport as it involves two return car journeys – while also further encouraging public transport use and potentially cutting road traffic congestion and emissions at Gatwick and surrounding local areas.
Currently around 15 per cent of airport journeys use this method.
Jonathan Pollard chief commercial officer, said: “Gatwick has…