Just plane crazy: Are airport parking costs higher than flights?

Surprising new research reveals that the cost of official parking for just a week at some UK airports is considerably more than the price of a return flight to popular European holiday hotspots.

The study by YourParkingSpace.co.uk looked at several of the UK’s busiest airports to see how much a week’s parking is from Saturday 26th October to Saturday 2nd November, which is autumn half term for some parts of the UK.

It discovered that the cost of official parking was higher than the price of a plane ticket to destinations including Madrid, Paris and Dublin.

For instance, the cost of parking at Heathrow’s Terminal 4 in the short stay car park is £159 while a return flight to Madrid is available for £123.

Meanwhile, at Gatwick, Britain’s second busiest airport, a return flight to Paris is available for a mere £95, compared to parking the car at the premium short stay north terminal for £242 – almost three times the cost of the flight to the city of love!

By comparison, a nearby alternative with YourParkingSpace.co.uk is only £40 and a mere 8 minutes’ walk away from the airport.

Harrison Woods, managing director at YourParkingSpace.co.uk, said: “The price of official parking at some of the UK’s busiest airports is sky high.

“Meanwhile, rented driveways and empty parking spaces offer a nearby convenient alternative, often considerably cheaper than official airport parking, even when adding on the cost of a short taxi ride to the terminal if it is necessary.”

Away from the south-east at Glasgow airport it is possible to get a return flight to Dublin for as little as £29 while official fast track flex plus parking costs £89.99 – about three times the cost of the plane ticket.