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London City Airport parking named most expensive in the UK

London City Airport has been revealed to have the most expensive airport parking in the UK.

Online car retailer cinch published the discovery after reviewing the price of a seven-day parking stay at the UK’s 20 largest airports.

It would cost £164.34 for a week’s parking at London City Airport, while the same at the cheapest, Edinburgh Airport, would cost just £39.99.

Sam Sheehan, motoring editor at cinch, said: “You don’t want to come back from holiday with a large parking ticket, so knowing how much you’ll pay is important to minimise post-holiday blues on your return.”

Three of the five most expensive airport parking charges in the UK were at London airports, while three of the cheapest airport car parks were in Scotland.

The data shows that if booking a flight in London rather than Scotland you could be paying up to quadruple the price on your parking, depending on which airport you choose.

Priciest and cheapest airport parking in the UK (seven-day stay fees)

The price of airport parking can be a concern for holidaymakers, especially with the increasing numbers of British people flying abroad in the last few years.

According to recent data, 23.4 million people flew abroad between April and June 2023, a 14% increase from the previous year.

ABTA’s Holiday Habits report showed that nearly two-thirds (64%) of Brits expected to go overseas between August 2023 and August 2024.

While travel figures have been growing in the years since the national Covid-19 lockdowns, if these figures turn out to be correct, they would match the record level of travel set in the boom year of 2019, pre-Covid-19.

Cinch found that the least pricey London airport for parking was London Stansted with their cheapest parking available costing £87.99 for a seven-day stay.

The data shows that broadly speaking, airport carpark charges tend to be much higher in the south of England and London, with Scotland, Wales and parts of the north of England costing the least.

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