How we're keeping airport parking safe after lockdown
22nd July 2020
If you're planning your first trip after lockdown, you're probably wondering what will have changed since the last time you went to the airport. One of the things we're here to help with is keeping your airport parking safe, so here's a quick rundown of all the ways we're working with our parking parnters to make sure everything is covid-secure.
We'll always take good care of your car if you leave it with us or one of our carefully-selected airport parking partners. But we also understand that keeping you and your car safe right now means a lot of additional precautions against covid-19. Here's some of the additional safety precautions we've put in place - all without increasing the cost of parking or introducing any unnecessary hassles to interrupt your trip.
Our covid-secure promise
All of our parking partners and providers are putting in place additional precautions to keep you safe from coronavirus when you travel. Wherever you see the "covid-secure" stamp on our website, that means we've been spoken to the car park, asked to see the details of their covid-secure plan, checked it out and published the details in their product listing on our site. So you can book with confidence having reassurted yourself that the car park you'll be using has put in place the precautions that you want to see. That's our covid-secure promise.
We've reviewed the coronavirus precautions in place at our biggest providers of both Meet and Greet and Park and Fly parking, such as Maple Manor, Airparks and Flying Scot, so you can see the typical measures being put in place by our parking partners.
We're auditing every single provider we use to make sure their covid-secure plans keep you safe without creating additional costs or hassles for your trip.
Case study 1: Airparks
Airparks operates two of our biggest park and ride facilities, at Luton airport and Birmingham airport. With transfer buses normally running regularly between their secure car parks and the terminals, Airparks is a great example of the work our airport parking partners are doing to make sure our customers and their cars are safe.
- Transfer buses are deep-cleaned with antibacterial agents every night and drivers clean the buses every two hours while in use using portable antiseptic misting units.
- All sites converted to "self park" to minimise contact between team and customers, but retaining speed and efficiency of service.
- Alcohol-based hand sanitiser is available in all of the public areas, and the car parks have adequate supplies for the foreseeable future
- High-contact public areas of the car parks are cleaned every two hours
- Government hygiene protocols are advertised prominently on posters around the car parks
- Refresher training has been issued to all team members on government hygiene protocols and advice on how to stop the spread of the virus
Case study 2: Maple Parking
Maple Parking is our biggest Meet and Greet partner, offering VIP parking services at all of the major UK airports. They've got a careful and meticulous plan for keeping their car parks and your car safe, without increasing costs or adding any unnecessary hassles to the experience.
- All staff have to pass a coronavirus test before starting work
- All staff have PPE (mask and gloves)
- Disposable gloves changed every hour
- Hand sanitizers and antibacterial wipes in use
- Perspex screens at the arrivals desks
- Social distancing measures for queueing customers
- Antibacterial wipes/spray available for customer to use
- Antibacterial spray for keys
- Regular cleansing and disinfecting of car park surfaces and staff offices
- Minibuses to transport drivers are at 50% capacity to enable social distancing
Additional measures are planned or under consideration for the future:
- Regular antibody testing will be brought in for all staff when tests become more widely available (currently tests should be prioritised for key workers especially NHS frontline)
- Looking into the feasibility and effectiveness of ziploc bags to avoid handlings keys at all
- Looking into the feasibility and effectiveness of disposable seat covers
Book your holiday extras early
It pays to book your airport parking, airport hotel or your lounge as soon as you book your flights. Prices usually go up nearer the date you fly, and last year Holiday Extras saved our airport parking customers £100 each on average when they pre-booked their airport parking instead of paying on the day.Book my hotel and parking today
Case study 3: Flying Scot and Low Cost Parking
Flying Scot and Low Cost Parking operate out of Scotland and serve Glasgow and Edinburgh airports. They're two of our most popular Scottish parking services and have introduced an innovative one-family-at-a-time transfer service from their car parks, available on request.
- Smaller (eight-seater) private transfer buses to transport a single group available on request
- Self-parking in allocated areas so customers can distance themselves from other cars on arrival
- Social distancing measures in offices and on the transfer buses, with perspex screens and distancing markers
- Masks, gloves and hand sanitiser available free of charge at all offices
- Buses and offices cleaned throughout the day and cleaned overnight
More help and support
We're here to help you travel safely and securely through this difficult time.
If you'd like more information about the impact the coronavirus is having on travel, and links to government and NHS advice on how to stay safe, please visit our coronavirus help and support page for UK travellers.
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