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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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Businesses show their support for Gatwick’s growth as protesters continue their campaign

With only four days left before the consultation closes, 29 companies and business organisations that together represent over 25,000 companies Sussex, Surrey, Kent and London have come out in support of Gatwick’s plans.

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With only four days left before the consultation closes, 29 companies and business organisations that together represent over 25,000 companies Sussex, Surrey, Kent and London have come out in support of Gatwick’s plans. The open letter to Stewart Wingate, the airport’s CEO, is signed by organisations including Chambers of Commerce, the Federation of Small Business and sector specific associations (full list below).

In the letter the business organisations describe Gatwick as ‘a linchpin of the regional economy and a significant national asset’ that contributes ’over £5bn to UK GDP and supports 85,000 jobs.’  It goes on to say:

As the UK heads into a new chapter, Gatwick will have a vital role to play in fuelling trade, tourism and commerce, and providing links to global markets. When Gatwick thrives and grows, so too does the national and regional economy, so the airport’s growth ambitions deserve our full support.’

Clearly this growth should not be at any cost, and given our businesses and employees are based in the local communities in and around the airport, we fully understand that the impacts of expansion need to be considered and carefully managed.

‘But we believe the strength of Gatwick’s plans lies in their simplicity. By unlocking much-needed new capacity from within the airport’s existing runways and footprint, Gatwick’s growth plans are a low-impact way of delivering significant benefits.’

We are firmly in support of Gatwick’s plans which we believe will play a crucial role in allowing our businesses, our employees and our region to continue to prosper.’

The support from businesses comes one month after 75% of residents surveyed across Sussex, Surrey and Kent said that they also supported Gatwick’s growth plans, with just 14% opposing.

The public consultation on Gatwick’s draft master plan runs until 10 January 2019 and can be accessed here

Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer, Gatwick Airport, said:

“This vote of confidence in our plans for growth is particularly powerful as organisations representing over 25,000 businesses have thrown their weight behind our draft master plan. 

“Businesses know we can’t take the region’s economic growth for granted. By sending this letter they recognise the airport’s vital role in creating local jobs and opportunities, and that growing Gatwick is essential for the future prosperity of our region.

“With only a few days left I would like to encourage as many people as possible to take part in our ongoing consultation to show their support for the airport’s growth plans.”

But protesters like CAGNE (Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions) say the effect of any part of the plan would be highly detrimental for all residents.

In a recent statement they said:

“This master plan simply blights these areas again to the threat of airport expansion beyond 2030. The fact remains that Gatwick was not selected by the Airport Commission due to lack of unemployment in the surrounding counties; lack of connectivity to the rest of the UK and the world; it is predominantly used for European leisure travel.”

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