When people search for UK airport parking there are several major things they are looking for, the main one is price, then probably security and then probably distance from the airport terminal building.
Price Driven Airport Parking
Price has always been the major factor involved when paying for such a "grudge" purchase like airport parking.
Nobody likes to pay to park their car and especially for a week or two. That's why UK Airport Car Parks really does go out of its way to truly compare airport parking prices from all of the major UK sellers and advises you to pre book which also brings the price down.
However there is also another factor to consider when keeping costs down for airport parking and that is whether you choose an ON airport car park or an OFF airport car park.
The privately owned ON airport car parks such as the ones owned by BAA cannot offer you this choice and because of this the official airport websites are quite often more expensive simply because they only sell ON airport parking.
ON Airport Car Parks
Car parks which are located on the actual airport compound (ON airport car parks) can be directly owned by the airport itself. In some cases this can also be a privately owned company and in the case of Heathrow, Stansted, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Southampton they are owned by BAA.
Now, it has to be said that ON airport car parks just about always tend to be more convenient for clients simply because they are closer to the departures terminal building.
It also has to be noted that not all ON airport car parks are more expensive than OFF airport car parks, Heathrow's Park 1 is a very good example of a car park which can compete on a price level with some OFF airport car parks.
One more very important point is that a lot of people will view a car park which is on the actual airport compound as being more secure.
Over the years we have learnt that many holidaymakers nowadays will happily spend an extra 10 - 20 minutes on a shuttle bus to save money.
Take for example 1 weeks parking 12th - 19th November 2017... (prices do vary slightly throughout the year)
Purple Parking Park & Ride T5 - £85.95. Transfer time 15-20 mins approx.
Compare this to an OFF airport car park - easyHotel Parking - £40.00. Transfer time 10 minutes.
Saving of £45.95, same transfer time and you get to keep your car keys.
Secure Airparks - £58.99. Approx. 3 minute transfer.
Compare this to an OFF airport car park - PremiAir Main - £30.99. Transfer time approx. 3 minutes.
Only difference between security features is that PremiAir does not have a security barrier. It does however have all the other security features which Secure Airparks has such as CCTV, security patrols, security lighting and security fencing. Saving of £28.99 with same transfer time.
Manchester Multi-storey Terminal 3 - £69.99. No transfer required as walking distance.
Compare this to an OFF airport car park - Jetparks 3 - £23.50. Transfer time 10 mins.
Saving of £46.49. Jetparks 3 also has more security features. Surely this kind of saving is worth the inconvenience of a 10 minute ride on a bus!
If we had to sum up the three ways to make sure you save money on airport parking it would be as follows : Compare, Pre-book and Choose OFF airport car parking.
UK Airport Car Parks are therefore able to offer holidaymakers a much better deal on airport car parking than the airport privately owned car parks which reside on the various airport compounds. Not only this, we can offer a much greater choice of airport car parks, all with excellent security features.