If you’re travelling to Canada from the UK this winter, whether it is for business, to visit family and friends or just for a break, there is always a lot to organise. From plane tickets to hotel room reservations, transport to the airport is an aspect of holiday planning that is all too easy to overlook.
When making transport arrangements to your departure airport, a few options are open to you. Have you ever debated the cost of using long stay airport parking versus public transport or just hiring a taxi?
Thanks to a study into airport parking habits and prices conducted by the UK travel insurance provider Staysure, we now know the percentage of passengers at all UK airports that make use of airport parking… and the results might just surprise you.
3 out of every 5 passengers flying out of the UK in 2017 did so from an airport situated in the capital, and with a mighty 78 million passengers each year, London Heathrow is the seventh busiest airport in the world.
Yet Heathrow’s airport parking is relatively unpopular. Not even 1 out of every 100 flyers from the airport searches online for parking spaces beforehand – at 0.83% this is the lowest percentage of flyers looking for parking in comparison to passenger volume.
This trend is consistent across the UK, with non-London airports having three times more passengers interested in airport parking than London ones.
This could be due to the greater expense of leaving your car at the car park of a London airport compared with UK airport parking costs in other locations, or the simplicity and popularity of the London public transport network, which facilitates transport to all London airports.
By contrast more people search for car parking at Manchester than at any other airport in the UK – treble the amount of people searching for spaces at Heathrow. 1 in 20 passengers flying from Manchester want to leave their cars there, amounting to 5.83% of all flyers.
But the award for the highest frequency of passengers looking for parking in any UK airport goes to Bristol. 1 in every 10 flyers from Bristol airport are looking to leave their cars at its airport parking facilities – a mighty 10.78% of all traffic.
Travellers flying to Canada from Bristol this winter should bear in mind that parking spaces at this airport will likely be competitive. It’s definitely worth booking your parking in advance to avoid stress on the day.
In fact, data shows that booking your airport parking in advance is a guaranteed way to save money at any UK airport. Passengers at London Luton have the most to gain from a little thinking ahead, with the price of airport parking increasing by £141.49 when paid for on the day.
It’s estimated that last minute airport parking fees cost £3.70 more each day than an equivalent pre-booked stay. As on average London airport parking costs £15 more per week than non-London airport parking, this is definitely a saving worth making.
Whether you decide to pre-book a parking space at your chosen British airport or take the train or bus instead, there’s no doubt that Staysure have come up with some invaluable information for all those Brits planning a winter getaway.