Research has claimed that it is cheaper for holidaymakers to book premium parking at East Midlands Airport instead of standard parking.
The study by insurance company Admiral ranked the Castle Donington airport as one of the most expensive out of 30 UK airports when it came to standard parking.
But it found that the airport was the cheapest in the country when it came to VIP parking, which at East Midlands is its “meet and greet” parking service.
Not only that, the research claims that premium parking can be more than £40 cheaper than its standard parking.
The research firstly looked at how much it would cost to park at airports for two weeks at a standard rate between July 22 and August 5.
The top 10 was dominated by London airports – but it was Luton that proved the priciest at £191. This was followed by London City and Gatwick North (both £181).
In seventh place was Birmingham Airport (£132) and then East Midlands Airport (£110). The top 10 was rounded off by Norwich (£108) and Edinburgh (£106). The cheapest was Exeter, which costs just £65 for two weeks’ parking, followed by Bournemouth (£66) and Cardiff (£72).
But as well as standard parking, the study also looked at premium parking – and in this category, East Midlands Airport’s offer proved to be the cheapest in the country.
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In fact, Admiral’s examination of VIP parking found that it was actually cheaper to use premium parking at East Midlands rather than standard parking.
When the study was carried out, two weeks’ standard parking at the Castle Donington airport cost £110 but a fortnight of premium parking cost just £68 – a difference of £42.
Admiral said that overall, its research revealed what it described as a “postcode price lottery”.
Admiral’s head of service, Alistair Hargreaves, said: “We all know that an overseas holiday in the summer time can be costly but our investigation has revealed that holidaymakers can end up feeling short changed before they’ve even boarded the plane.
“This study demonstrates that airport parking prices are a postcode lottery with extortionate price discrepancies for the same 2.4m-wide car parking space, depending on where you are flying from.”
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But when it comes to booking airport parking, Admiral says it always pays to do your research first – and the case of East Midlands Airport proves the point.
Mr Hargreaves said: “Holidaymakers should avoid complacency when it comes to parking and not just assume premium parking always costs the most.
“Admiral’s research found that East Midlands Airport offers a meet and greet premium price which is more than £40 cheaper than standard long-stay parking.”
However, people who check the prices of parking East Midlands Airport this week, will notice that the figures do not tally with Admiral’s research.
At present, “meet and greet” parking for July 22 to August costs £104. Long stay parking is £100 and mid-stay parking is £126.
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According to the airport, the cost of parking changes, depending on when you book. It said that the figures in Admiral’s study were dependant on when the research was carried out.
A spokesman said: “We ensure that people who book their parking in advance get the best possible price – and it is not surprising that our meet and greet offer compares favourably when compared to other airports.”
Source: Derby Telegraph