Holiday Extras Sounds the Alarm on Airport Parking Prices this Summer


London and The South East Hit Hardest by Supply Constraints, Warns Major Travel Specialist

Holiday Extras, the UK market leader in travel extras, today announced that according to its latest analysis, airport parking prices last month for Gatwick Airport were the highest for ten years.

Parking prices for the airport surpassed an average of £10 per day – hitting those holiday makers from London and the South East hardest, but affecting all travellers from the airport.  Limited options and supply in the surrounding area are driving up costs for those wishing to park their cars prior to taking their holidays from Gatwick.

Holiday Extras Group CEO Matthew Pack explained. “We sell airport parking at every major UK airport and have done so for over 30 years, so we really understand the market. This May we have seen the highest prices for ten years. Parking does usually become a bit more expensive in the summer months and prices go up as car parks start to sell out.  However, we have seen prices very susceptible to big increases due to pressure on availability at the airport, an issue that is particularly acute at Gatwick.

Therefore, we advise holidaymakers who know that they are going to be driving to the airport for their holiday this summer to book now and lock the price in before it rises. Travellers can save up to 60% on their parking by booking in advance, rather than paying the ‘drive-up’ price. This year, with costs already so high, it is more important than ever to book early. Otherwise, people could be facing a nasty shock on arrival.

“There are many ways that holidaymakers can save on airport parking, even if this summer is the most expensive we’ve ever seen. “


Here are our airport parking money saving top tips for holidaymakers this summer.


  1. Just pre-booking will save you 60% versus turning up on the day. Guarantee the price and a space when you arrive.
  2. Book early, really early, 3 to 6 months if you can.
  3. Don’t just compare prices. Compare value. £70 will buy you a “meet and greet” option versus paying £60 to park yourself and ride on a bus.
  4. Be flexible. Don’t always book the same thing, try something new. If you use an airport regularly build up 2 or 3 services you trust and get used to using to benefit from potential price changes and local competition.
  5. Book an airport hotel with parking included in the price. Amazingly, its sometimes cheaper to stay at a 4 star hotel with a week’s parking included than it is to book parking on its own.


Notes to editors

  •         Generally, parking prices for Gatwick Airport were up month-on-month from c£56 for 8 days to c£86, a rise of nearly 50%.
  •         Year-on-year prices were up from c£76 for a week last May to c£86 this year, the highest ever seen in May.
  •         Taking a ten-year view of “on-airport” parking prices, there is an 89% compound price inflation, from an average of £57 (booking in May 2007 for a flight in August 2007) to £108 (booking in May 2018 for a flight in August 2018).


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Rebecca Mann, Philippa Barker, Ben Frith and Luisa Roberts.