UK travelers stung with highest airport parking charges

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Parking at airports for any length of time can be a costly business, though British holidaymakers are paying more than travelers anywhere else, according to new research which shows that seven of the world's 10 most expensive airport car parks are in the UK.

Research by parking app providers Justpark has found that London City is the most expensive airport to park at in the world, with a week's stay weighing in at £315 – more than the cost of some holidays.

It is closely followed by London Heathrow airport, which charges £167 for a week's parking. London Stansted, Edinburgh, Luton, Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham airports all had the dubious honour of making it into the top-10 list too, beating the likes of New York's JFK and Amsterdam's Schiphol airports.

It isn't just those parking long-term that are getting stung, either. Those using short-term parking can find themselves forking out as much as £15 for an hour's parking at London City, and £12 at Heathrow.

Citing its central location and lack of room as reasons for high charges, a spokesperson for London City airport told The Mirror: "LCY is unique in its close proximity to central London and limited space for parking.

"We encourage passengers to travel via public transport, using the airport's own DLR station, and 70% do so. For those who do choose to drive, we offer free drop-off and parking savings of up to 40% by booking online in advance."