A Manchester holidaymaker was concerned to discover that after paying for secure airport parking, his car had been left in a muddy field with no fencing, lights or CCTV, for an entire week.

The unidentified sun-seeker only discovered where his car had been after he used the tracking device built into his vehicle.

Rather than being parked in a secure, purpose-built location, the man’s car was left abandoned in the mud, alongside countless other vehicles, presumably also belonging to travellers who had paid for proper airport parking.

He had booked parking through an online agency offering secure parking at airports across the UK, and the car was collected by a company employee as he arrived at the airport.

The car was the driven to the field, around four miles away from the airport, and left amongst a plethora of other vehicles also parked there.

“I was horrified when [the tracker] showed where my car had been kept while I was on holiday,” the motorist said to Manchester Evening News.

“My car had been stored in a field on Hollin Lane in Styal where there is no security fence, CCTV or any kind of lighting and also this is clearly visible from the main road.

“I thought I was going to get a security perimeter fence, CCTV and also electric gates and on-site security – yet having visited the site myself I found none of this to be evident.”

Manchester airport itself is currently considering expanding its own parking facilities in the face of rising demand, with an airport spokesman recommending that travellers use one of their eight secure sites for peace of mind.

The airport has already applied for planning permission for a 9,000 space car park in the Wythenshawe area, a move which has caused uproar amongst local residents.

Do you use discount third-party airport parking? Have you ever encountered problems or incurred damage to your car? Have your say below.

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Daljinder Nagra


October 25, 2013