| Ridiculously expensive, chaotic, cramped and altogether horrible. I live nearby and use this airport a lot both for travelling and picking up. Being a regular user I'm used to using the "Express Drop Off" care park to drop off + pick up, but at some point in the recent past they've moved the Pick Up car park to be in the middle of the Short Stay. If you're stuck waiting for an incoming flight you're going to face a hefty bill if you use the "wrong" car park now. How can they justify £20 for an hour? That's just naked greed. I complained about it last time and amazingly enough they've now put up a big flashing sign pointing at the Pick Up car park, so fair play to them for that, however, you still only get a very short window before the prices start to go up crazily again. I picked up my wife the other day - her plane landed on time, but it took her nearly an hour to get through to Arrivals. So that was another £6 down the drain. I don't care that the airport can slope shoulders onto the UK Border people for this - it's not acceptable for them to make a profit from a poor system. Why is it so ridiculously expensive to park a car at this airport? Now let's move onto actually travelling, it's not a place you want to "relax" in before a flight. Everything is overpriced beyond belief, £6:45 for a pint of beer? Seriously? How can you justify that? Naked greed, again. The food on offer is mediocre at best, and again extremely pricey. The shops? Best not to go in - again - overpriced beyond belief, yet overcrowded too. It's just horrible. There are simply not enough seats for people to use once they're through security. Gates are very basic - not enough seats for a planeload of passengers, draughty, uncomfortable cattle pens that make you glad to be leaving the country for a bit. It's a pity that you have to return through this miserable excuse for an airport too - it's usually a long walk to the passport hall, which is always rammed with confused and irritable people fighting the useless automatic scanner gates. I try not to travel with hold baggage because it's a nightmare trying to find which carousel the bags are on. And then you finally get out into Arrivals and you're tripping over people's drag bags trying to find the shuttle bus to take you back to the Silver Zone car park. This place is a sullen, overcrowded, extortionately priced mess.