Parking at airports in the UK will set you back more than anywhere else in the world, new research has discovered. Leaving a car at British airports could cost you as much as £315 per week, outweighing the cost of many travellers’ flights.
With seven of the 10 most expensive airports to park at being located in England or Scotland, British motorists are being left out of pocket if they choose to drive to the airport. Most expensive of all is London City Airport, with a week’s parking weighing in at £315. Second place goes to London Heathrow, though the cost is still dramatically less than London City, at £167 per week. Sydney in Australia is the third most expensive airport at £138 with London Stansted following closely at £133 per week.
City Airport is unique in its close proximity to central London and limited space for parking. We encourage passengers to travel via public transport, using the airport’s own DLR station, and 70 per cent do so.
Dubai and Singapore also prove expensive for those parking at the airport, while Edinburgh and London Luton sit in seventh and eighth place with a weekly charge of £112. Rounding off the list is London Gatwick and Manchester with Birmingham International close behind. Short stay parking can be similarly pricey too, with those picking up holidaymakers having to pay £15 for between one and two hours’ parking at London City and £12 at Heathrow.
Addressing concerns over pricey parking a spokesperson for London City Airport told the Mirror: “City Airport is unique in its close proximity to central London and limited space for parking.
“We encourage passengers to travel via public transport, using the airport’s own DLR station, and 70 per cent do so. For those who do choose to drive, we offer free drop-off and parking savings of up to 40 per cent by booking online in advance.”
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