Holiday warning as Brits face paying £100 for making easy mistake

BRITS are being warned to check airport drop off and pick up charges before they go on holiday – or risk paying up to £100 in fines.

Thousands of Brits are jetting off abroad for the Easter holidays, and for many it'll be their first time at an airport in more than two years.

Most airports now charge for drivers dropping someone off or picking someone up, and they carry hefty fines if you ignore the rules.

Nancy Connolly fell victim to the drop off charge when she drove to Bristol Airport.

She drove her car there and her friend was taking the car home so when they arrived, the pair stopped the car, got out and swapped places, without paying the charge.

Nancy told the Bristol Post: "When we got to the entrance I stopped to hand the driving over to my friend, I got out of the car briefly so she could take over and that's when the cameras spotted me."

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"Wrong move – I was fined £100 right there. What's worse is that my flight was only £20."

Lee Puffett, managing director of Start Travel warned holidaymakers to plan how they will get to the airport and not to fall victim to parking fines.

He said: "With travel expenses rising rapidly, travellers are looking for ways to save money.

"Some airports are profiting from poor travel planning, so don't be caught out with costly drop off and pick up fees."

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"Be sure to research your airport carefully before you set off – often there are free ways to drop passengers at the airport.

"Saving money requires a little forward planning."

Tomorrow is set to be the busiest travel day of the year so far and holidaymakers are urged to get to the airport early to avoid missing their flights.

Manchester Airport is drafting in cops this weekend to try and keep the airport running smoothly.

They will attempt to keep things under control after the airport's boss quit following days of travel chaos and warnings passengers will face delays for months to come.

Airlines have cancelled hundreds of flights in recent days due to staff shortages caused by Covid.

British Airways and easyJet have both been forced to cancel flights and have booked passengers onto alternatives to try to accommodate them.

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However, many of the rebooked flights return to the UK sooner than holidaymakers had planned, forcing them to cut their trips short so they can make the new flights.

Furious passengers have taken to Twitter to share their frustration at having to end their holiday early – leaving many of them out of pocket.

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