The Fundamentals of Airport Parking
Airport parking has seen many developments over the last decade. The majority of leading European airports now have vast on-airport and off-airport facilities that can park thousands upon thousands of cars daily.
One such airport is Heathrow, situated just outside of London. Heathrow is the third busiest aviation hub in the world, servicing 90 airlines and approximately 170 destinations across the world according to Seat Guru.
The aforementioned developments have meant there’s a more varied array of parking options are now available to the consumer. Parking4Less notes that at the 5 terminals at Heathrow there are four types of parking options including “On-Airport, Off-Airport, Valet Meet & Greet and Hotel parking.”
These different options have also given the consumer a better chance of saving money while also ensuring operations are more efficient across the board at airports. Extensive redevelopments in areas like the airport’s Terminal 2 has meant that it has improved traffic congestion issues. Mashable reported the overall developments undertaken at said terminal cost approximately $4.2 billion.
The difference is noticeable since the terminal has been completed, and the parking facilities have improved tenfold. For instance, short stay parking options are available to cab drivers, family and friends that need to pick people up from the arrivals terminals. Where as long stay parking generally caters for people who go away for a week or more on holiday. While business parking lots tend to be closer to the terminals to offer a more luxurious and convenient form of accessibility to the airport.
Although, regardless of the developments, the prices of short stay parking at Heathrow have come under criticism. The Telegraph reported short stay parking prices had risen 66% since 2014. Which goes to show how expensive the shorter-term options have become. Where as long stay options can generally save flyers money because they can specify exact dates as opposed to block bookings.