Jetting Off this Winter? The UK’s Most Expensive Airport Parking

We all know how it feels to get off the plane when you land back home after your holiday, exhausted by travel but with lots of new memories made and photos to share. The last thing you want to do is come back from your trip to find yourself stuck with a large airport car parking bill.

Fortunately the high fees charged by airports for parking can be avoided if you know how. According to a survey taken by UK travel insurance provider Staysure, it’s simply a matter of planning ahead.

Most expensive airport parking

Despite being the largest and busiest airport in the UK – with 73.4 million passengers passing through every year – Heathrow scored the lowest percentage of flyers looking for parking in terms of its passenger volume.

Just 0.83% of those flying from Heathrow make use of its airport parking facilities. This amounts to fewer than 1 in 100 passengers – a low figure considering that 3 out of 5 people flying in the UK in 2017 did so from airports in London.

More people search for airport car parking at Manchester than at any airport in the UK, with three searches for parking at Manchester for everyone search for parking at Heathrow. The study shows that an estimated 1 in 20 passengers at Manchester park their cars there, 5.6% of the airport’s traffic.

The airport with the highest percentage of passengers making use of its airport parking facilities, however, is Bristol. An astonishing 10.78% of people who fly from Bristol leave their cars there, more than ten times higher than the percentage of people flying from Heathrow.

Why are airport parking services in London so much less popular than they are outside the capital? There are several reasons why this might be the case.

If you’re based in London, bear in mind that although parking facilities aren’t as busy as those outside the capital, they are far more expensive – costing on average £15 more per week than car parks outside the city.

By far the most expensive London car park if you pay on the day you fly is Luton. If you’re flying from Luton, you could save up to £141.49 by pre-booking your car parking space. If you do want to park in a London airport, make sure you book well in advance to save money.

All things considered, it might be better to take a lesson from those who frequent London airports and use public transport, especially if you’re backpacking and don’t have large cases or you’re sticking to a strict holiday budget.

Not only will you save money, but you’ll also likely save time. Anyone who has ever tried to drive in the capital knows that it’s incredibly busy. You don’t want to run the risk of getting stuck in traffic and missing your flight.

If you’re flying from elsewhere in the UK, parking facilities will be cheaper than in London but spaces will also be a lot more competitive. Not only will you save money by booking in advance, you’ll also guarantee that there are spaces available.

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