Newcastle Airport Shows London’s Airports How It Should Be Done

Britain’s airports were busy again at the weekend as millions of us jetted off for a well deserved Easter break. (Heathrow alone handled a record 1.1 million passengers).

But according to a new report published by price comparison website skyscanner, those passengers didn’t get particularly good value for money from using the airport. In fact, none of London’s airports are regarded by the site as offering  value for money.

Unlike passengers using Newcastle airport which was judged by skscanner as being the best value airport in the UK for European flights.

The website’s marketing folks looked as things such as average flight prices, passenger drop-off and pick-up charges, car parking charges, fast-track costs and lounge access charges. It then ranked all the UK’s airports to see which ones offered the best value. Newcastle came out top, followed by Birmingham airport in second place, with Leeds Bradford and Liverpool John Lennon sharing joint third position and East Midlands in fifth.

Much is made of the North South divide but in this case it seems true. All of the top five spots in this league table are filled by airports based in the North with none of London’s airports troubling them.

London Stansted did make it into the top five when Skyscanner looked at the average flight prices that are paid when visiting six of the most popular European destinations, this time coming in at third place. Glasgow Prestwick was the winner this time, closely followed by Liverpool John Lennon. London Stansted also made it into the top five for the best value flight price to key European destinations.

Drop off charges, which can raise passengers’ blood pressures before they even enter the terminal building were looked at in detail by the website. London Gatwick, London City and Birmingham came out on top for not charging for drop offs; however, they do charge for collection.

In this category, Glasgow Prestwick offered the best value for money for passenger drop-off and pick-up charges combined, followed by Bristol in second place and Newcastle, Leeds Bradford and London Heathrow in third, fourth and fifth place respectively.

In some instances passengers can now choose between all fifteen airports when flying to popular European destinations and this growing awareness of all the costs associated with flying is making would be travelers do more research before flying, as its clear that flying from their nearest airport may not always be the best or cheapest option.

“Howay man!” is what we think they’ll be saying in Newcastle when they read this.


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