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Parking Perceived as Biggest Expense of Flying Out from UK Airport

An online flight comparison company has revealed how much it costs to use a number of UK airports, looking at the cost of parking, a hotel stay, food & drink and even the onsite Wi-Fi.

An infographic has been created that highlights the costs of staple airport purchases.

This comes following survey results that revealed Britons deem parking, duty free shopping and an airport hotel stay to be the most expensive aspects of flying out of the UK. Edinburgh has been revealed as the cheapest for food & drink whilst the infographic highlights that parking at Leeds is the most expensive.

The recent poll of 2,176 Britons aged 18 or over, all of whom stated that they have travelled abroad at least once in the past year, was to determine how they budget and spend their money on holidays.

Initially all respondents were asked ‘When travelling abroad, do you tend to carry English money with you for use at the airport?’ to which 84 per cent of respondents stated that ‘yes’ they do. When asked what they were most likely to spend their money on, the top responses were ‘duty free items, such as perfume and cigarettes’ (32 per cent) and ‘food and drink’ (30 per cent).

All respondents were then asked, ‘Do you prefer to arrange transport to and from the airport, or do you prefer to drive and park your car in an airport car park?’ to which 67 per cent stated that they prefer to drive and leave their car, whilst the remaining 33 per cent prefer to book transport or be driven by a relative or friend.

When asked what they consider to be the most expensive part of flying out of a UK airport, the top responses were revealed as ‘the parking’ (41 per cent), ‘shopping in duty free’ (30 per cent) and ‘an airport hotel stay the night before flying’ (13 per cent).

A spokesperson for Jetcost.co.uk which conducted the survey, said: “It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of your holiday and, once you’ve booked the big things - the flights and hotels - you may find yourself forgetting to budget for the little things that will sneak up on you, such as airport parking, food & drink at the airport and even a hotel stay if your flight is an early morning one. All these little bits can rack up a cost that can come as a pretty nasty surprise and leave a slight dent in your holiday spending purse if not budgeted for."

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