The Feasibility of Charging Private Vehicles an Airport Drop-Off and Pick-Up Charge

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Start date: 01/01/15
End date: 12/31/15


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About the research

As transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft drive a change in modern transport behaviors, fewer passengers pay for services such as parking or commercial vehicle drop-off at airports, meaning that what once was a primary revenue source for airports now has a tenuous future. Therefore, airports must find a way to counterbalance the revenue losses created by these changes.

One such solution has been on the rise in Great Britain. With airport drop-off and pick-up charges, private vehicles must pay for the convenience of loading or unloading passengers at the airport entrance. Not only does this practice have the potential to generate millions of dollars in annual revenue, but it also offers a remedy for other maladies such as congestion and safety issues on airport roads. This report examines the effects that drop-off and pick-up charges have had in Great Britain and explores what US airports might expect should they too adopt the practice.


Report: Airport Drop-Off and Pick-Up Charges in Great Britain: Will They Come to the United States? (939.87 kb pdf) November 2015

Related publication: Airport Drop-Off and Pick-Up Chargess: A Rising Trend Across Great Britain Aug 2015



  • Midwest Transportation Center
  • University of Missouri - Saint Louis