[Telegraph] It can be cheaper to park a plane at an airport than a car, new research suggests.
A study of 10 of Britain’s busiest airports shows that it could be cheaper to leave a light aircraft for a day at an airport than it would be to leave a car for the same amount of time.
The report cites Heathrow Terminal 5 as the most expensive, with a rate of £51.80 for a car to stay for 24 hours in the short-stay car park – although a Telegraph Travel query showed that the long-stay car park would cost £17.90 for the same time if booked in advance.
Manchester Airport charges £35 for a full day in a short-stay car park while a six-seater light aircraft would cost just £21 for the same period.
At Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport, the difference in parking costs was even wider, the study suggested, citing £10.72 as the price for a light aircraft compared to £39.99 for a car.
At Edinburgh airport it costs £23.50 to park a car and £11.90 to park a plane for 24 hours.
At Glasgow airport it is £21 for a car, and £11.52 for a plane. At Birmingham it is £22.50 for a car and £10.80 for a plane, while at Bristol it is £25 for a car and £17 for a plane.
Only at Luton Airport is plane parking more expensive than car parking, at £38.88 against £36 for a car.
Russell Craig of Manchester airport told the Independent, which conducted the study: “Years ago airports made all their money from the planes. Now at Manchester, aviation income makes up less than half of our revenues. To be able to keep investing, you’ve got to find new revenue streams and some of that is car parking. But pre-booking is the way to save money. The turn-up prices are what they are.”
Paul Watters of the AA said: “These are incredible findings that sadly may not come as a surprise to drivers who often have to pay eye-watering sums for parking in……
By Telegraph reporters
29th June, 2012
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