Published on : Saturday, February 11, 2017
The airports of Britain have started leveraging family holidays by levying car parking rates that are more than double. During this point of time, a large number of families tend to travel frequently during school holidays and the summer peak season.
This comes at a time when the holiday prices and flight prices escalate for the families making a half-term gateway.
Gatwick and Manchester are the two leading airports of the UK that have raised their rates by as much as half. Birmingham airport charges 57% more during the month of April that is inclusive of the Easter holidays than in March.
However, the most extreme case is Edinburgh.
Here, the surface parking that is close to the terminal is increased to more than double the rates during summer. The standard off-season price amounting to £43 soars at the beginning of June to £87. On some days in summer months, it costs more to park at the airport of Scottish capital than to fly for about 1,800 miles from Edinburgh to Milan and back.
Edmund King, the president of American Airlines said that it is quite profiteering.
Moreover, it would also be an outrageous initiative for the parents of younger children who would require the car to get to the airport and then be stung twice the holiday charges as well as the hiked parking fees.
A spokesperson for Edinburgh airport said that the car parking price fluctuations are actually motivated by demand, especially for the terminal car park during the summer. He added that they would not be capable of accommodating the demand at £43 per week.
The spokesperson of Manchester airport feels that the rates vary throughout the year. This is mainly done to strike a perfect balance between the demand and the availability of spaces.
During the off season, there would be more sales, discounts and attractive offers, when the demand is actually over.
A spokesperson of Gatwick said that all through the year, the demand for car parks changes and consequently the prices fluctuate. The Sussex airport gives a 10% discount for passengers who enroll in the myGatwick scheme.
At Birmingham airport, the sharp increase occurred owing to the low rates during this winter season.
However, in many of the airports, no holiday price hike was observed. At Heathrow, the weekly rate was £73 for the Terminal 5.