The UK: Where Parking a Plane is Cheaper Than Parking a Car
For those who aren’t blessed with easily accessible public transportation, one of the worst parts of flying is dealing with airport parking. It’s often crowded, inconvenient and, depending on where you call home, a long weekend can easily approach triple digits in terms of cost.
This is especially the case over in the United Kingdom, where airport parking is quickly going out of control. Leaving your car at London-Heathrow’s Terminal 5 can end up costing you £51.80 for 24 hours—that’s over $80 per day!
The Telegraph did some research into airport parking across the country, and they discovered something pretty darn awesome—and disappointing. When averaging airport parking across the country, it might just be more cost effective to park your own airplane at the airport rather than to leave your car there overnight.
For example, leaving your vehicle in the short term lot at Manchester Airport will set you back £35 each day, but if you leave your light aircraft it would only cost you just £21 for pretty much the same amount of time.
Each airport examined revealed the same humorous—and somewhat sad—conclusion. The only airport where car parking was cheaper than airplane parking was at London-Luton Airport.
It does sound like the key to saving on parking, besides flying your plane to the airport, is to plan ahead. Booking well in advance in some of the affordable lots can save your serious cash, especially at spots like London-Heathrow where things become a little more affordable at around $30. We’re not planning to park at LHR anytime soon, but we’re pretty sure this advice is applicable all around the world. Book in advance to save some cash, and when in doubt just fly your single-engine Cessna to the airport.
[Photo: ell brown]