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From next Monday (1st November) BAA, the operator of Heathrow, is introducing a £5.00 drop off fee at all the terminals. I was hoping it would be a daily charge but, unfortunately, it is going to be charged per drop-off. Gatwick brought in the same fee earlier this year but is currently only operating the North Terminal. I don’t think Terminal 4 at Heathrow is operational either.

Unlike Luton, Stansted and City Airports the charge does not have to be paid at the time of drop off but uses a number plate recognition system similar to the Dartford Crossing and the congestion charge in London. This should prevent a build up of traffic in the drop off areas and therefore alleviate additional delay getting into the drop off areas at peak times (remember those?).