Around a quarter of British travelers overpay for airport parking by paying on the day they fly overseas – and the uncertainty about Covid-19 has been blamed.
The survey by Vacation extraspolled 1,000 people who had flown from a UK airport in the past 12 months and found that 25 percent of travelers did not reserve their parking spaces.
It also found that 15 percent of drivers didn’t realize that it might be cheaper to reserve parking spaces in advance. In reality, paying for parking at the airport during the day is on average 60 percent more expensive than booking in advance.
The results follow an identical survey that the company conducted in September 2018, which at that time identified fewer than one in five (18 percent) of the day-paying travelers.
Around 25 percent of respondents in the most recent survey said the reason they paid for daytime parking was because Covid was affecting their travel plans.
Seamus McCauley, Editor-in-Chief at Holiday Extras, commented: “This is the second time in two years that we’ve asked British vacationers to pre-book their airport parking. In two years the numbers have deteriorated.”
“A quarter of people now overpay for airport parking by waiting to go to the gate. Then our customers save £ 100 each by booking in advance.”
“” When flying from a UK airport, even if you think your plans might change, even if you think Covid could mean you will have to cancel, it is almost always cheaper to book in advance. Usually, the earlier you book, the more you save. ”