Airports cash in on family holidays by doubling car park rates

Britain’s airports are cashing in on families obliged to travel during school holidays and the summer peak, with some car-park charges more than doubling overnight, The Independent understands.


The revelations come as flight and holiday prices soar for families making a half-term getaway.

The Independent researched rates for a week’s parking at Britain’s top 10 airports on a range of dates over the coming year.


The UK’s two leading holiday airports, Manchester and Gatwick, raise their charges by as much as half. Birmingham airport charges 57 per cent more during April, which includes the Easter holidays, than in March.


But the most extreme case is Edinburgh, where surface parking close to the terminal more than doubles in summer. The standard off-peak £43 price rises at the start of June to £87. On some dates in summer it costs more to park at the Scottish capital’s airport than to fly 1,800 miles from Edinburgh to Milan and back.


Edmund King, president of the AA, said: “This really is outrageous profiteering and will be a kick in the teeth for many parents of younger children who need the car to get to the airport and then get stung twice with hiked parking and holiday charges.”


A spokesperson for said: “Our car parking price fluctuations are driven by demand, particularly for the terminal car park in the summer. We could not accommodate the demand at £43 for a week.”


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