Airports in London have topped global league tables for the most expensive parking.
Unsurprisingly, Britain’s busiest travel hub, Heathrow, charges the most, with drivers forced to pay a whopping £12 per hour for short-stay parking at Terminal Four.
The record-breaking fees come after a recent price hike, which was used as an attempt to ease traffic problems around the terminal.
The price-hike means a 24-hour stay at one of the airport’s car parks now costs £53.90.
London’s other main airports, Gatwick and Luton, closely follow Heathrow with a two-hour stay at each costing £10 and £11 respectively.
Compared to parking at busy airports at popular international destinations, Britain costs roughly double the standard rate. Motorists staying between one and two hours at New York’s JFK airport are charged just £5.50, and Charles de Gaulle in Paris costs a mere £6.60.
Only Australia’s Sydney airport costs anywhere near Heathrow, with drivers forking out £11 for a short stay.
Paul Watters, head of roads and transport policy at the AA, told the Mirror: “Drivers will feel they are being fleeced. They don’t want the stress of big parking charges when they are worrying about getting people to the airport on time.”
At the other end of the scale, the cheapest airport to park at the world is Athens in Greece, which charges £5.40 for two hours.
January 13, 2014