A year in numbers: what we did in 365 days

  • 09 Oct, 2014
  • Jurga Sefton
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As we celebrate the 11th anniversary of the launch of Airport Parking Shop, we look back at the significant changes that have taken place in its 11th year.

It all began in 2003, the year when the music charts were dominated by the now-classic “In da Club” by 50 Cent and fashion boomed with fedora hats and popped collars. This was the year Airport Parking Shop was first launched, as one of the pioneers of the upcoming trend of comparing… pretty much everything.

Little did we know that 11 years later we would still be enjoying doing what we know best: getting the best airport parking deals for our users.

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Exploring Andalucía, the land of sunshine

  • 19 Sep, 2014
  • Will Davies
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With a team as multinational as we have here at Airport Parking Shop, it’s no wonder we all travel on regular basis – whether to visit family in Lithuania, go whale watching in South Africa or attend a wedding in Sweden. I was lucky to spend a month in Andalucía, Spain this summer and have put together a short guide to exploring this stunning region. Enjoy!

The Andalucía region

For someone whose father has lived in southern Spain for quite a while, Andalucìa almost started to feel like a second home to me. You just can’t beat the heat, the slow pace of life and more importantly, the Spanish beer!

Andalucía refers to a large region of southern Spain, stretching from the border of Portugal, over to Murćia on the east coast and up to Cabeza Del Buey, which is a good 430 kilometres inland. It is immersed in history and its capital, Seville, holds the title of being the hottest metropolitan city in the whole of Europe. With its completely different way of life and culture, this place has something for everyone.

Where to stay

Andalucía boasts 33 thousand square miles of sun-soaked land, so choosing where to stay (or maybe where to explore in some cases!) can be a difficult task for many holidaymakers and explorers alike. However, having travelled quite a bit around the Andalucìa region, I know a few hidden gems that will leave an imprint on your memory forever. I spent a month in southern Spain this year and this time, I ventured east of Malaga. Read More

New rules for flying with kids to South Africa apply from 1 Oct 2014 (Postponed)

  • 09 Sep, 2014
  • Jurga Sefton
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Update 17 September 2014: It has been announced that the new rules for flying with children to and from South Africa have been postponed from 1 October 2014 to June 2015.

With several Airport Parking Shop team members heading off to South Africa later this year, we thought we’d remind our users that new rules of travelling with children will apply from 1 October 2014.

If you are flying to, from or transiting through South Africa with a child under 18 years of age, you will have to adhere to these rules.

Both parents travelling with a child who is under 18

You must produce an unabridged birth certificate of each child which shows details of the parents of the child, as well as a child’s valid passport. The birth certificate has to be full and shows details of the parents of the child.

One parent travelling with a child who is under 18

Where only one parent is accompanying the child, the following has to be presented:

• an unabridged birth certificate (full);
• consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent registered as a parent on the birth certificate, authorising them to enter or depart from South Africa with the child;
• a court order granting them full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship or where applicable, a death certificate of the other parent registered as a parent of the child on the birth certificate.

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Parking at George Best Belfast City Airport now added to our comparison site

  • 02 Sep, 2014
  • Jurga Sefton
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Belfast, Northern Ireland

You have to love the city that names its airport after its greatest footballer; and it was only a matter of time for this airport to be added to our airport parking comparison engine.

As of August 2014, people flying from George Best Belfast City Airport can compare prices, car park details and availability, view parking providers offering spaces at this airport and proceed to book online.

By adding George Best Belfast City Airport we have reached a total of 30 UK airports travellers can compare parking at. If you have parked at this airport before, we’d love to hear your feedback – you can submit your car park review here.

Flight delayed or cancelled? Brits fail to claim their dues

  • 01 Sep, 2014
  • Jurga Sefton
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As you will know if you have read our blog post on the subject, EU law states that passengers can claim compensation for overbooked, delayed or cancelled flights.

It seems, however, that not all of us who are entitled to claim actually do so. In fact, according to German compensation claims firm Flightright, there is more than half a billion pounds unclaimed by some 1.6 million travellers in the UK.

Their figures are based on an evaluation of 3 million flights, and it is not just Brits who are proving to be unsavvy travellers. German passengers have failed to claim over £468 million, Spanish over £400 million and French over £355 million. Passengers have up to six years to make their claim so it is not too late.

A few weeks ago, the tail end of Hurricane Bertha caused misery for travellers and many flights were cancelled or delayed. One passenger who had come down to London for the weekend and was due to return to Leeds from Heathrow on the Sunday evening could not fly home until the next day. He was unaware that he could claim compensation, wrongly believing that because the airline had told him of the cancellation on the Saturday and were putting him on the Monday flight at no extra charge they had done their bit. He also assumed that bad weather would constitute an exceptional circumstance, meaning that the airline had no obligation to pay him compensation. Read More