Rather than being dropped off at the airport, many people now use airport parking facilities and leave their own car in a secure airport car park whilst they are away. This is very convenient and naturally means that your car is waiting for you when you return. If the budget will allow you can complete this relaxed way of travelling by arranging car hire from your destination airport.
Airport parking is available at all uk airports including, Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton, Manchester, Birmingham, Stansted, Glasgow, Newcastle, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, Cardiff, Liverpool and others.
Choice of airport parking
Car parking usually consists of "short stay" and "long stay". Short stay parking is provided for people who are not flying from the airport, but will return to their car in a few hours. This type of parking is located on the airport very close to the terminals and is paid for at the time of returning to the vehicle. On a cost per hour basis it is an expensive way to park for long periods.
Passengers flying out of an airport will need to leave their cars in a long stay car park. On a cost per hour basis this is a less expensive way of parking your car. As well as the long stay airport parking provided within the airport perimeter ("on site" parking) many locations have secure car parks operated by private companies outside the airport perimeter ("off site" parking)
Security considerations when choosing an airport parking location
Obviously security is an issue here. Passengers want the peace of mind of knowing that their car is safe whilst they are away. Some "on site" airport car parks may be lacking somewhat here. By parking on the airport the transfer time from your car to the terminal may be slightly quicker. However, remember that if you park on the airport you will be responsible for ensuring your car is insured against damage whilst you are away.
There are certain advantages to parking "off" airport. Usually there is a slight cost saving, often the level of parking compound security is greater and your car will be covered by the car park operators insurance whilst it is in their care. The use of a shuttle to and from the terminals for all passengers and luggage is always included in the airport parking fee.
Pre-book airport parking and save money
Competition for your business is fierce in the airport parking market and many operators now offer cut price rates for pre-booking. This can be greatly to the advantage of the car user and offers a significant saving over just turning up on the day of departure. Indeed during peak summer periods pre-booking airport parking is essential especially at the major uk airports.
The number of actual airport parking operators is limited, whilst the number of people eager to sell you airport parking seems to be unlimited! The reason being that much of the business is sold through agents all selling the same service at the same car park at differing prices. It's a good idea to book through an operator that offers a price guarantee so that you don't end up paying more than you need.