IT IS no great shock that UK airport car parking has been revealed as a giant rip-off.
One particular airport is charging almost £200 to park for a fortnight which can be more expensive than the actual flights.
Airport car parking is one of the most annoying huge expenditures on the eve of going on holiday.
Now it has been revealed by a new study how expensive airport car parking can actually be.
The most expensive UK airport parking costs three times more than the cheapest and, at one airport, it will set the driver back £8.50 just to drop a passenger off.
Luton airport emerged as having the priciest airport parking, where a two-week stay in their standard on-site car park cost in at £191, the online investigation by Admiral insurance revealed.
At the other end of the spectrum, Exeter airport was the cheapest costing just £65 for an equivalent space and for the same amount of time.
Stansted airport has the highest drop-off rate charge at £8.50 for 15 minutes, followed by Luton and Doncaster at £8 and £6 respectively.
Admiral compared three online car parking prices for an on-site space at each of 30 airports across the UK to cover a two-week break in the summer holidays.
An average car parking rate for two weeks came in at £111, although those travelling from Luton will pay £80 more.
Coming in second place was London City at £181, followed by Gatwick North at £175 and Gatwick South at £167.
Those flying from Heathrow terminals 2, 3 and 4 will pay £146, and £10 more at T5.
In comparison, six airports out of 30 offer a free 15-minute stay.
Admiral spokesman Alistair Hargreaves said: “We all know that an overseas holiday in the summer time can be costly, but our investigation has revealed that holidaymakers can end up feeling short-changed before they’ve even boarded the plane.
“This study demonstrates that airport parking prices are a postcode lottery with extortionate price discrepancies for the same 2.4 metre-wide car parking space, depending on where you are flying from.
“By planning ahead and researching other car parking options, such as those off-site and factoring these prices into the total cost of the holiday before booking anything, consumers can make sure there are no surprises.”
In response to the report Luton Airport replied: “The pricing of all airport car parking will vary according to demand, availability and time of booking.
“This research fails to compare the breadth of parking products available at UK airports.
“For the same two week period for example customers could have secured a space in our Long Stay car park for £85.99 by booking further in advance.”