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Prices for Airport parking at Gatwick highest for 10 years

The UK market leader in travel extras, Holiday Extras, also offer their airport parking money saving tips.

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Recent research has shown airport parking prices last month for Gatwick Airport were the highest for ten years.

Holiday Extras, the UK market leader in travel extras, today announced that according to its latest analysis, parking prices for the airport surpassed an average of £10 per day – hitting those holiday makers from London and the South East hardest, but affecting all travellers from the airport.

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Limited options and supply in the surrounding area are two factors driving up costs for those wishing to park their cars prior to taking their holidays from Gatwick.

Holiday Extras Group CEO Matthew Pack explained:

“We sell airport parking at every major UK airport and have done so for over 30 years, so we really understand the market.

“This May we have seen the highest prices for ten years. Parking does usually become a bit more expensive in the summer months and prices go up as car parks start to sell out. However, we have seen prices very susceptible to big increases due to pressure on availability at the airport, an issue that is particularly acute at Gatwick.

“Therefore, we advise holidaymakers who know that they are going to be driving to the airport for their holiday this summer to book now and lock the price in before it rises. Travellers can save up to 60% on their parking by booking in advance, rather than paying the ‘drive-up’ price. This year, with costs already so high, it is more important than ever to book early. Otherwise, people could be facing a nasty shock on arrival.

“There are many ways that holidaymakers can save on airport parking, even if this summer is the most expensive we’ve ever seen.”

Holiday Extras offer their airport parking money saving tips for holidaymakers this summer:

  1. Just pre-booking will save you 60% versus turning up on the day. Guarantee the price and a space when you arrive.
  2. Book early, really early, 3 to 6 months if you can.
  3. Don’t just compare prices. Compare value. £70 will buy you a “meet and greet” option versus paying £60 to park yourself and ride on a bus.
  4. Be flexible. Don’t always book the same thing, try something new. If you use an airport regularly build up 2 or 3 services you trust and get used to using to benefit from potential price changes and local competition.
  5. Book an airport hotel with parking included in the price. Amazingly, its sometimes cheaper to stay at a 4 star hotel with a week’s parking included than it is to book parking on its own.

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Pay ‘takes-off’ for baggage & ground staff at Gatwick

Good news for easyJet ground staff and baggage handlers at Gatwick.

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Almost a thousand easyJet ground staff and baggage handlers at Gatwick airport employed by DHL have negotiated a pay boost worth on average 7.5% over two years.

The workers will also get a bonus worth over £500 a year and an increase in overtime payments, including double time for working on bank holidays. And in a further boost to workers’ terms and conditions the company’s sick pay policy has also been markedly improved.

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The deal means that a typical worker would be in line for an increase of over £2000 in the first year of the deal including the bonus.

Unite regional officer, Jamie Major said:

“Baggage handlers and ground staff employed by DHL have negotiated a significant boost in pay well above the rate of inflation. During the pay talks Unite and DHL worked constructively to develop a transparent pay strategy which is fair and gives workers the opportunity to progress.

“Unite’s organising strategy has meant that hundreds of new members joined the union which in turn gave Unite more influence during negotiations. This above inflation pay deal once again shows that when pay is falling flat across the economy it pays to be in a union.”

Unite has launched a powerful online tool to help workers secure a fair share of company profits. Unite’s new online tool will mean that in just a few minutes, union reps can generate a professional pay claim. Almost 4000 Unite representatives have already used the Pay Claim Generator.

At the click of a mouse the tool allows union reps to gather the latest up-to-date information from Companies House, the Office for National Statistics and the union’s own database containing the details of tens of thousands of pay deals.

The Pay Claim Generator was designed as part of Unite’s industrial strategy entitled Work, Voice, Pay which is about empowering union members by giving them the tools and support in the workplace to help them win at work.

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