Leeds Bradford Airport proposing free drop-off area

Leeds Bradford Airport

Leeds Bradford Airport

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Bosses at Leeds Bradford Airport could find out tomorrow if they can continue with redevelopment plans, despite rejecting calls for changes to the forecourt.

Officers at Leeds City Council have asked bosses at the Yeadon site to try to include a taxi rank as part of a proposed Forecourt Management Plan for the airport.

Councillors must approve the plan as a planning condition to allow work on a two-storey extension at the airport to begin by December.

But the latest proposal by airport bosses does not include a taxi rank – contrary to calls from the Council’s highways and planning departments.

According to a report to the Council’s west planning panel, who will carry out a site visit before tomorrow’s meeting, the lack of a taxi rank outside the terminal building has been causing a “detrimental impact” on Whitehouse Lane, which leads to the site.

Currently there is a contract with a private hire company at the airport. Taxis are not allowed to drive freely up to the terminal and must pay a yearly subscription, known as a Voyager, or £2 each time they want direct access.

The Council has said creating a new taxi rank on Whitehouse Lane would be too expensive, but the report said there have been complaints about people stopping along the road and in nearby residential streets to drop people off for the airport.

“There is no doubt that the changes to the charges introduced by the airport in May 2011 have had an adverse impact on Whitehouse Lane and some residential streets in the locality as drivers have chosen to wait, park or drop off/pick up outside of the forecourt rather than pay,” it said.

“The Council has been discussing the issues with LBA since then to try and resolve the issues.”

Bosses at Leeds Bradford Airport have offered an alternative solution by creating a free drop-off area in the long-stay car park, which would enable passengers to walk to the terminal or take a free shuttle bus. But the report says the new facility is outside of the Forecourt Management Plan area and could not be regulated by any Council conditions.

The report recommends councillors accept the latest Forecourt Management Plan “on balance”, however.

“With the offer of a dedicated area of the long-stay car park now being offered by LBA as a free drop off and pick up area then, subject to detail and agreement on the pedestrian access route and certainty about duration, on balance it is considered sufficient progress can be demonstrated to enable the Forecourt Management Plan to be recommended for approval provided that the Voyager area and dedicated area in the long-stay continues to be provided,” the report concludes.

Work on a the first stage of an £11 million refurbishment at the terminal is almost complete and extension work will begin once the planning conditions are satisfied.

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9:23am Tue 12 Jun 12

radiobantam1 says...

How much longer will the contract with a single taxi company be allowed to persist? This company completly rip visitors to the area and residents off charging exhorbitant fares. It is undoubtedly the existance, and protection, of this contract that results in every person riding to or from the airport in a different companies taxi having to pay an extra fee to be dropped off in the airport car park.
How much longer will the contract with a single taxi company be allowed to persist? This company completly rip visitors to the area and residents off charging exhorbitant fares. It is undoubtedly the existance, and protection, of this contract that results in every person riding to or from the airport in a different companies taxi having to pay an extra fee to be dropped off in the airport car park. radiobantam1
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9:24am Tue 12 Jun 12

Mik_e says...

Perhaps it's more to do with the airport protecting their revenue stream, limiting competition and securing a more lucrative deal with the private hire firm that has a monopoly ?
Perhaps it's more to do with the airport protecting their revenue stream, limiting competition and securing a more lucrative deal with the private hire firm that has a monopoly ? Mik_e
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9:43am Tue 12 Jun 12

johnhem says...

i've seen people walking along from as far away as murgatroyds fish bar pulling cases. its robbery charging to drop off travellers using the airport, and some living a bit closer to manchester or hull or anywhere else will just fly from there.
are'nt there competition/monopoly rules about just using one taxi company? small taxi companies can't afford to pay out annual fees without putting it on the customer so no-one will use them, thats fair? try looking after your customers lba, you will profit more that way.
i've seen people walking along from as far away as murgatroyds fish bar pulling cases. its robbery charging to drop off travellers using the airport, and some living a bit closer to manchester or hull or anywhere else will just fly from there. are'nt there competition/monopoly rules about just using one taxi company? small taxi companies can't afford to pay out annual fees without putting it on the customer so no-one will use them, thats fair? try looking after your customers lba, you will profit more that way. johnhem
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9:50am Tue 12 Jun 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Greed and daylight robbery, Manchester a much bigger and more professional outfit than the two bit LBA has plenty of drop off and pick up points which are free, pity that some people have to use LBA as the bosses there are obvious pigs with snouts in the trough.
Greed and daylight robbery, Manchester a much bigger and more professional outfit than the two bit LBA has plenty of drop off and pick up points which are free, pity that some people have to use LBA as the bosses there are obvious pigs with snouts in the trough. Prisoner Cell Block A
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10:02am Tue 12 Jun 12

Scargutt2 says...

I always used to use Arrow before the won the contract, but it's such a pain to queue and get a ticket and then go and find a taxi that I ust ring SJK now - quicker and much cheaper.

There won't be much point in building an extension if they still make it nigh on impossible to access the airport either will it?

Designed by lunatics.
I always used to use Arrow before the won the contract, but it's such a pain to queue and get a ticket and then go and find a taxi that I ust ring SJK now - quicker and much cheaper. There won't be much point in building an extension if they still make it nigh on impossible to access the airport either will it? Designed by lunatics. Scargutt2
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10:23am Tue 12 Jun 12

Old Peculiar says...

I use LBA about 5 - 6 times a year, and always find Arrow to be pretty reasonable on fares, and the transfer from airport to taxi is always pretty swift and effortless. You know up front what the fare will be, the car is waiting for you, and more often than not, it will be (IMHO) cheaper compared with hackney taxi's. I agree that LBA, like Manchester, should have a free and convenient drop off / collection area. But when the majority of your business is through budget airlines, they need to get every penny they can to recoup the missing revenue.
I use LBA about 5 - 6 times a year, and always find Arrow to be pretty reasonable on fares, and the transfer from airport to taxi is always pretty swift and effortless. You know up front what the fare will be, the car is waiting for you, and more often than not, it will be (IMHO) cheaper compared with hackney taxi's. I agree that LBA, like Manchester, should have a free and convenient drop off / collection area. But when the majority of your business is through budget airlines, they need to get every penny they can to recoup the missing revenue. Old Peculiar
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10:31am Tue 12 Jun 12

Wakeywakey says...

I do not agree with the £2 drop-off charge but I think some control is needed for taxi,s!
The place would be chocker with cab drivers plying for trade.
I do not agree with the £2 drop-off charge but I think some control is needed for taxi,s! The place would be chocker with cab drivers plying for trade. Wakeywakey
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10:40am Tue 12 Jun 12

ertnec says...

I do beleve that it should be open to Taxis to operate, but fixed charges should be in place so much a mile. I spent some time in Butlins at Skegness and there Taxis operate on how many people r using the taxi and boards r put up showing the prices so you know what your paying before you get in.
I do beleve that it should be open to Taxis to operate, but fixed charges should be in place so much a mile. I spent some time in Butlins at Skegness and there Taxis operate on how many people r using the taxi and boards r put up showing the prices so you know what your paying before you get in. ertnec
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11:21am Tue 12 Jun 12

a reasonable sort of chap says...

Why do Leeds Bradford Airport ignore requests for information pertaining to UFO's in the area? I saw something inexplicable in their airspace but they did not even reply to me.
Why do Leeds Bradford Airport ignore requests for information pertaining to UFO's in the area? I saw something inexplicable in their airspace but they did not even reply to me. a reasonable sort of chap
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12:07pm Tue 12 Jun 12

Bone_idle18 says...

Makes me laugh that people are quite happy to spend £1000's on a holiday, take £1000's in spending money, but then balk at having to stump up an extra £2 for the convenience or being dropped off.
Makes me laugh that people are quite happy to spend £1000's on a holiday, take £1000's in spending money, but then balk at having to stump up an extra £2 for the convenience or being dropped off. Bone_idle18
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12:11pm Tue 12 Jun 12

Joedavid says...

Old Peculiar wrote:
I use LBA about 5 - 6 times a year, and always find Arrow to be pretty reasonable on fares, and the transfer from airport to taxi is always pretty swift and effortless. You know up front what the fare will be, the car is waiting for you, and more often than not, it will be (IMHO) cheaper compared with hackney taxi's. I agree that LBA, like Manchester, should have a free and convenient drop off / collection area. But when the majority of your business is through budget airlines, they need to get every penny they can to recoup the missing revenue.
I used them and from home to LBA and return was £25 from prebooking on line, I thought that was a reasonable price from BD2.
[quote][p][bold]Old Peculiar[/bold] wrote: I use LBA about 5 - 6 times a year, and always find Arrow to be pretty reasonable on fares, and the transfer from airport to taxi is always pretty swift and effortless. You know up front what the fare will be, the car is waiting for you, and more often than not, it will be (IMHO) cheaper compared with hackney taxi's. I agree that LBA, like Manchester, should have a free and convenient drop off / collection area. But when the majority of your business is through budget airlines, they need to get every penny they can to recoup the missing revenue.[/p][/quote]I used them and from home to LBA and return was £25 from prebooking on line, I thought that was a reasonable price from BD2. Joedavid
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1:23pm Tue 12 Jun 12

Wakeywakey says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
Makes me laugh that people are quite happy to spend £1000's on a holiday, take £1000's in spending money, but then balk at having to stump up an extra £2 for the convenience or being dropped off.
Yes looked at it that way I suppose it is daft!
Maybe its the principle of it rather than the sum involved?
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: Makes me laugh that people are quite happy to spend £1000's on a holiday, take £1000's in spending money, but then balk at having to stump up an extra £2 for the convenience or being dropped off.[/p][/quote]Yes looked at it that way I suppose it is daft! Maybe its the principle of it rather than the sum involved? Wakeywakey
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1:32pm Tue 12 Jun 12

1city1voice says...

every airport needs a a free drop off and pick up point,why does LBA have to be different...they have ripped off the two cities have the new owners for too long and about time they provided this free pickup/drop of zone...the parking is also too and needs to be looked into before they are given any further planning.
every airport needs a a free drop off and pick up point,why does LBA have to be different...they have ripped off the two cities have the new owners for too long and about time they provided this free pickup/drop of zone...the parking is also too and needs to be looked into before they are given any further planning. 1city1voice
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5:33pm Tue 12 Jun 12

Joedavid says...

Build a rail link.
Build a rail link. Joedavid
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7:01pm Tue 12 Jun 12

MontyLeMar says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Greed and daylight robbery, Manchester a much bigger and more professional outfit than the two bit LBA has plenty of drop off and pick up points which are free, pity that some people have to use LBA as the bosses there are obvious pigs with snouts in the trough.
Too right! Even Heathrow and Stanstead have free pickup and drop off. I will go to any other airport than LBA unless there's absolutely no other choice.
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: Greed and daylight robbery, Manchester a much bigger and more professional outfit than the two bit LBA has plenty of drop off and pick up points which are free, pity that some people have to use LBA as the bosses there are obvious pigs with snouts in the trough.[/p][/quote]Too right! Even Heathrow and Stanstead have free pickup and drop off. I will go to any other airport than LBA unless there's absolutely no other choice. MontyLeMar
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7:05pm Tue 12 Jun 12

Guy S Lee says...

1city1voice wrote:
every airport needs a a free drop off and pick up point,why does LBA have to be different...they have ripped off the two cities have the new owners for too long and about time they provided this free pickup/drop of zone...the parking is also too and needs to be looked into before they are given any further planning.
LBA isn't different to most airports. If you went to Bristol, East Midlands, Newcastle, Edinburgh and plenty more, the same thing is in operation - i.e. a small fee for the most convenient drop off zone with a free area a little further away. Manchester is a bit different in that it has free drop-off but £2.50 minimum to pick up. At the end of the day, the airport has to pay for security, air traffic control, fire and rescue, baggage handling and all the other 'behind the scenes' stuff and someone has to cover that cost. To me, it doesn't seem unreasonable that the people using the airport should be the ones to foot the bill.
[quote][p][bold]1city1voice[/bold] wrote: every airport needs a a free drop off and pick up point,why does LBA have to be different...they have ripped off the two cities have the new owners for too long and about time they provided this free pickup/drop of zone...the parking is also too and needs to be looked into before they are given any further planning.[/p][/quote]LBA isn't different to most airports. If you went to Bristol, East Midlands, Newcastle, Edinburgh and plenty more, the same thing is in operation - i.e. a small fee for the most convenient drop off zone with a free area a little further away. Manchester is a bit different in that it has free drop-off but £2.50 minimum to pick up. At the end of the day, the airport has to pay for security, air traffic control, fire and rescue, baggage handling and all the other 'behind the scenes' stuff and someone has to cover that cost. To me, it doesn't seem unreasonable that the people using the airport should be the ones to foot the bill. Guy S Lee
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