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With thousands of people trying to save money as they head overseas for the Easter break at the end of this month, it is yet another cost to consider.

Press release

For Immediate release 5 March 2013

TRAVELLERS using off-site ‘Meet & Greet’ parking services at Heathrow Airport are paying an estimated GBP2.3m¹ extra each year because of additional flat fees imposed by BAA – enough to buy Britons more than 4,000 extra trips abroad².

The hike in fees adds GBP5.60 to the parking costs of every customer using Meet & Greet services, unless they are using Heathrow’s Official Valet Parking Service at the airport, adding 12% to the typical cost of the cheapest Meet & Greet services according to travel extras specialist gosimply.com. With thousands of people trying to save money as they head overseas for the Easter break at the end of this month, it is yet another cost to consider.

The change, implemented at the height of the summer holidays, has boosted the total amount customers using these services will pay by an estimated GBP2.3m, but has largely flown under the radar because the extra fee is usually included in the quoted prices that customers pay.

Tim Hagger, managing director of gosimply.com, said: “Officially this fee is to cover the cost of charges now being levied to all Off Airport Meet & Greet operators at Heathrow for the use of the forecourts at drop-off and new designated collection areas within the short term car parks. Although this was implemented at Heathrow earlier last year, it has now appeared at Stansted Airport.

“It’s no surprise that an airport would rather sell its own services, but imposing a fee to hit off-airport competition simply has the net effect of pulling at the customers purse strings. It’s almost like a localised form of Air Passenger Duty.”

Heathrow’s results for 2012 which were released last month showed its retail income, which includes parking charges, had grown from GBP518.6m in 2011 to GBP541.7m in 2012.

The majority of travellers use these services for trips of between three and eight days, and with more than half of travellers (58%) using off-site meet & greet services, the costs will eat into their business trip or holiday budget.

The average cost of using one of these services over three days, which would include those enjoying a weekend away or on short business trips, is GBP46.90 according to gosimply’s own statistics, and adding on the GBP5.60 to this increases the cost by 12%. Since it is a flat fee, the better the parking deal you can find yourself, the higher proportionately the extra charge amounts to.

Tim Hagger said: “Most of us are looking to save money at the moment, and the best way to do this for your airport parking is to compare prices to get the best deal possible.

“Turning up at Heathrow and parking in the long-stay car park without pre-booking will cost you up to GBP144.10 for seven days at peak time, while making a mistake and parking in short-stay for seven days costs an eye-watering GBP377.30³.

“However, if you choose to park for seven days from Saturday 30 March to 6 April and you pre-book through gosimply.com, it would cost as little as GBP58.95 for a park and ride, or GBP75 for a Meet & Greet service. Compared to the short-stay peak time costs, that saves you enough to cover much of the cost of eating out while you are away.”


For more information, please contact Tim Hagger on 07789 810728 or email tim.hagger@gosimply.com

Notes to editors:

1. The figure is calculated based on 70m travellers going through Heathrow according to its figures for 2012 and assuming half of these are departing.

29% of those arriving at Heathrow use a private car as their transport, and we have assumed two-thirds of this number to identify the cars being used, as some people will share cars.

Some 58% of those booking in advance use the ‘Meet & Greet’ services, according to gosimply’s data.

The overall figure is then calculated using a conservative estimation of gosimply’s market share of the online pre-booking airport parking market.

2. This figure is based on the number of people travelling abroad in November last year, and their expenditure according to the Office for National Statistics figures.

3. Figures taken from heathrowairport.com on March 4, 2013.

gosimply offers a variety of travel ‘extra’ services including airport parking, access to airport lounges, hotels, car hire, travel insurance, and flights.
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