Stansted and Manchester Airports have been criticised for their greedy treatment of motorists who take too long to park to drop off passengers at their terminals, a rip-off fine of £25 for taking more than 10 minutes at Manchester, or 15 minutes at Stansted. At Manchester the “normal” charge is £3 for 5 minutes and £4 for up to 10 minutes. At Stansted its £4 for up to 10 minutes and £9 for up to 15 minutes. The fines at these airports make the parking more expensive than the cost of many European flights (Daily Mail).
The Escape passenger lounge at Stansted, charging £25 for two hours, was recently deemed “hideous” and slammed for serving a cooked breakfast without eggs.