Cheap Airport Parking

By: Julian Langtree

The words cheap and airport parking would never have been found in the same sentence, ten years ago.

As air travel became more popular, and the number of people travelling by air rose, so did competition for parking at airports. The Airport parking operators took the opportunity to raise their prices, and airport parking became almost a prohibitive cost.

However, co-inciding with the rise in cheap flights that became available from the low cost airlines such as Easyjet and Ryanair, we saw a boom in the number of people travelling overseas by air.

Businesses, having seen this trend, began buying up large parcels of cheap land. The parcels of land that they obtained, were often near industrial estates and within a ten minute drive of the airport. Requiring little more than a secure compound, a secure office, 24 hour staff, and vehicles to transport customers to the nearby airport.

These low overheads meant that the new parking operators could slash the cost of parking, and gain customers from the airport operators. As with any market, competition brings price reductions, and travellers suddenly found that they had a number of choices for airport parking, at discount prices.

The advent of readily available internet connections, coupled with the cheap airport parking providers building websites to sell their parking services, suddenly put the power back in the hands of the consumer, and prices dropped again.

The last phase of development has seen the rise of airport parking comparision sites, which will find a selection of available parking spaces and prices for given travel dates. In short, the airport paring customer has never had it so good.

In addition, parking can now be booked in advance, often qualifying for further discounts, and a number of services have sprung up to take the stress out of the airport parking picture. These are primarily meet and greet services, where the parking operator drives the customer to their airport from their base, then securely parks their car for the duration. On return, the customer is picked up in their own carFree Articles, before travelling onwards.

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