Motorists will pay charge for dropping off passengers in newly refurbished drop-off zone

Luton Airport is to charge £1 for dropping off passengers at its terminal building.

Motorists will be forced to pay the levy, in order to spend just 10 minutes in the newly refurbished drop-off zone. The charge will be introduced sometime after 29 April.

Albertis, Luton’s operator, also runs Belfast and Cardiff airports, where it is believed similar charges could also be introduced.

The airport said the new zone would provide more space for people to unload, as well as larger bays for passengers with limited mobility.

Passengers can avoid the fee if dropped off at the mid-term car park to catch a shuttle bus to avoid the fee.

Last year Luton airport brought in a £1 fee to use its trolleys. Customers are also charged the same amount to use the clear plastic bags provided to transport liquids through security.