Gatwick Airport - rip off parking

I noticed last week and again this week that Gatwick Airport are suggesting it necessary to pre-book all parking as they are busy.  I know it is Easter but they still have the same number of short term car parks open now as they did before the pandemic - 3 at South and 2 at North.

Collecting my daughter from a flight tomorrow and expect to be in the terminal for 60-90 minutes maximum.  Using the short term parking prices at Gatwick that would set me back £13, which in itself I think is expensive.

Following instructions to pre-reserve and book a space, Gatwick Airport Ltd wish to charge £40 for a 1 hours stay.    I'll pre-book if you wish but I expect to pay the same advertised price on your website, not to be ripped-off.   Shame on you Gatwick Airport Ltd/Global Infrastructure Partners / Vinci Group.  Rant over.


  • IvanOpinion
    IvanOpinion Posts: 22,150
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    I think the North terminal long stay car park is free for up to 2 hours. Drive close to the airport and when the person lands and collects their baggage get them to phone you.  Both can then make their way to the long stay car park.
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  • Westin
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    @IvanOpinion - many thanks for that.

    In the end we decided to take a chance, ignore the official airport advice and just turn up and try to park in one of the North terminal’s two short stay car parks.  Had no problem finding a space.

    The timing was perfect as we went into arrivals, met our daughter, got back to the car with her and multiple suitcases, all within 30 minutes.  Ended up paying ‘only’ £5 for the < 30 minute stay.  Quite a difference from the £40 for the hour that the airport website suggested we opt for.

    I can only assume that Gatwick Airport Ltd is hoping to stripe and catch out as many people as they can. Poor show. 
  • Normally they charge per 24 hour period, so its still £40 for 5 mins or 23.59 hours, the site you've looked at is for someone going away for a day or more. Drop off and pick up are different rates, but agree it could be confusing for someone who doesnt travel often 
  • knightstyle
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    2 hours FREE at long stay with frequent busses to the terminal which is not far away.
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