Spring Clean at Airport Parking Shop: The Interim design

  • 02 Apr, 2014
  • Jurga Sefton
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The interim design

We are very excited to announce that we have just launched the new responsive Airport Parking Shop website. The times are changing, and so are the ways our customers research their holiday plans, compare cost and make bookings. Our parking comparison website has seen visits from smartphones and tablets triple in the last three years, so we decided it was time to make our service respond better to your needs.

From now on, whether you are at your desk, on your laptop, or on the go checking parking prices on your phone or tablet, you will have an improved experience when booking your airport parking with us.

The process has taken us just over 4 months from initial ideas through to launch, and it hasn’t just been about making the new Airport Parking Shop work well on smaller-screen devices. We’ve looked at many elements of the navigation, user experience, design and functionality, and here’s a list of some of the highlights:

– Implemented a fully responsive design;
– Freshened up the logo;
– Enhanced mobile support;
– Applied some menu / navigation changes;
– Centered the page and increased its size;
– Overhauled the quote form;
– Improved the results page;
– Introduced some customisation of search results;
– Updated semantic HTML tags throughout the site;
– Improved readability of the content;
– Introduced social media buttons;
– Updated a range of content pages, although we’ve been continuously updating car park and airport details since the site launched in 2003.

The website hasn’t had that many faces over the past 10 years and hasn’t really changed much, as these screenshots show, but it did maintain the same core values and still does now: helping our customers compare airport car park options to get best-value parking for their needs and providing the ease of booking. Read More

When was the last time you took a holiday with your Mum?

  • 20 Mar, 2014
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mothersdaybeach

If you haven’t been on holiday with your mum since you were at school, this could be the year to buck the trend. And what better time could there be to do it than Mother’s Day?

With the big day falling this year on March 30th you even stand a chance of some decent weather depending on how far you are willing to travel. We have a few ideas for you, whether you want sightseeing, beach, action or pampering.

Málaga

Málaga makes a good destination for a long weekend. Many holidaymakers never see beyond the airport, but the city has much to recommend it and if the sun shines (as it should in late March) there is the added advantage of the beach being only a 10-minute walk from the centre.

For culture vultures there is the Carmen Thyssen Museum offering works from the 19th century with a focus on Andalucian art. The Picasso Museum and Casa Natal (birth house) of the artist are both a must for lovers of 20th century art.

Málaga has flights from London Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Birmingham and Manchester. Read More

Airport Parking Fines Explained

  • 10 Mar, 2014
  • Jurga Sefton
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It is unlikely that you will incur a parking fine when using a long-term airport car park, provided you have given the correct information when booking. These car parks charge per 24-hour period, so it is unlikely, even if your flight is delayed, that you will have overstayed your welcome.

In extenuating circumstances, such as the case of the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud a couple of years ago, which meant many passengers returned days late from their holiday, a common-sense approach was adopted by the vast majority of car park operators.

As far as short-term parking goes, most car parks operate a pay on exit system meaning that even if the person you are picking up is delayed for hours you will not incur a parking fine.

Most airport parking fines are incurred when dropping off or picking up passengers without using the short-term car park, and stories abound of drivers being hit with punitive fines for stopping on approach roads. Automatic number plate recognition technology makes it easy for the operator to monitor your comings and goings.

Many airports provide a drop-off zone and charge a fee of a few pounds for a short stop. If you decide to leave your car to help your passenger in to the terminal or overstay the allotted time, then fines of £80 are commonplace. At other airports it is forbidden to stop at all, and if you should grind to a halt briefly to read a notice, for instance, you can expect to be faced with a fine. Read More

Know Your Rights: When Your Flight is Delayed

  • 28 Feb, 2014
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International Airport Board Close-Up displaying flight is delayed

There is nothing more annoying than arriving at the airport to discover that your flight has been significantly delayed. Don’t take it lying down: read on to see whether you are entitled to assistance such as free calls, free food and free accommodation or even a cash sum in compensation.

In practice anyone flying out of the UK will be protected by the Denied Boarding Regulations. This is because these regulations apply to anyone flying on an EU-based airline (including budget carriers) OR anyone flying with a non-EU-based airline from an EU airport (i.e. all UK airports). Anyone flying from a non-EU airport on a non-EU carrier is not entitled to the same level of assistance and you will have to look at the airline’s Condition of Carriage to see what their duty of care is.

Requirements

Whether or not you are entitled to anything depends on the length of your flight and the length of your delay. You must fall within one of the following categories:

– A flight of 932 miles or less with a delay of at least 2 hours
– A flight of more than 932 miles within the EU with a delay of at least 3 hours
– A flight outside the EU of between 932 and 2,174 miles with a delay of at least 3 hours
– Any other flight with a delay of at least 4 hours

So long as you fall into one of the above categories you are entitled to:

– Two free telephone calls, emails, telexes or faxes
– Free food and drink depending on the time of day
– Free hotel accommodation and transport between there and the airport if the flight is delayed to the following day

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Airport Car Parking: Pros and Cons

  • 24 Feb, 2014
  • Jurga Sefton
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Transport Sign in Airport points to airport car parking

If you have a holiday coming up, you may be wondering whether it is better to get to the airport by taxi, public transport or by driving your own car and parking once you get there. There are of course arguments in favour of all methods. We take a look at the pros and cons of taking your own car to the airport and using airport car parking.

Cost

If all that matters to you is cost, it is relatively easy to make a comparison. First of all, ring around to find out how much a return taxi fare to the airport is. Don’t forget that if you want the driver to wait for you at Arrivals rather than leaping in as he lurks on the approach roads, you will need to factor in the cost of short-term parking as this cost will be passed on to you.

Check the bus or train fare too so that you can compare prices with parking costs and make an informed decision.

If your holiday is a long one, the cost of parking is likely to be far more than a return taxi fare.

Don’t forget that if you are a biker, parking at the airport is often free.

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