Airport parking 385% more on the day
Filed under: Holidays
New research from online parking website parkatmyhouse.com has revealed that thousands of holidaymakers who drive and leave their car at the airport this Christmas face being stung by high pay-on-the-day prices.
The news comes as ABTA - the Travel Association - reveals that an estimated 4.25 million Brits will be heading overseas during the Christmas and New Year period (16 December - 3 January).
The research found that those who don't book parking spaces in advance could pay up to five times more to park their car.
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"Our research highlights that failing to pre-book airport parking could end up hitting holidaymakers with an extra cost they may not have budgeted for, even before the plane leaves the ground."
Surprisingly, it was the low-cost carrier hubs Luton and Stansted, which came out as two of the most expensive for parking over the Christmas and New Year period. Those turning up at Luton without a pre-booked space can expect to pay more than £200 for two weeks parking, and at Stansted it would set you back £180.
Heathrow, Britain's busiest airport and third busiest in the world, unsurprisingly has the most expensive parking spaces at a UK car park, with long-stay charges setting holidaymakers back£229.60 for two weeks if they turn up and pay on the day. However, pre-booking can bring the cost down to £87.80.
Even if car owners pre-book and secure the cheapest possible rate, the airports differ quite significantly in how much they charge. Luton Airport was found to be the most expensive in the festive period, with the best possible two week pre-book deal setting customers back £115.99, compared to just £32.99 at Manchester Airport, a difference of £83.
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