Airport parking in the UK can be expensive if you just turn up at the car park without having made a reservation. Cost savings of up to 60% are not unusual when you are able to pre-book your airport parking space.
The trouble is that there is so much confusion online with airport parking on who can offer the best price and solution that meets the users needs. There appears to be a large number of websites offering various parking solutions. In truth there are only a small number of direct operators, but there are many operator partners that you can use to pre-book your airport parking.
This situation is common within the travel industry. There are relatively few major booking systems in comparison to the number of on and offline businesses connecting to and using them as their backend operation. Successful operations are able to add value to the booking process for the consumers. Some of the operator partners for airport parking include airlines, hotel chains and dedicated parking websites.
The Airport Parking Guide ( http://www.airport-parking-guide.co.uk ) aims to offer the “best choice of available car parks at airports across the UK" and have developed their own price and information comparison system. The search results are colour coded for easy identification of on site, off site or meet and greet parking.
Using data from five of the main direct discount operators, for a given set of times and dates, the guide will return a choice of available car parks along with links to more in depth information.
The Airport Parking Guide in collaboration with BCP has recently made available for download, PDF guides for Gatwick and Heathrow airports. These are the first in a planned series of airport guides to be released by the Airport Parking Guide.
Over 200 car park options are contained within their database from around 100 or more car parks. The four parking brokers used to compare information and prices are BCP, APH, FHR and Holiday Extras. These operators account for the majority of all online and offline pre-booking of UK airport parking.
Each operator has their own strengths, but comparing the solutions of all four ensures that the Airport Parking Guide is able to add value to the website visitor. It is often in the detail that one makes a choice and the guide presents impartial information on all the car parks offered.
Stephen Thomas is a developer and writer for a number of online travel websites, including the Airport Parking Guide where you can compare prices and information on airport parking throughout the UK.