Beware Of Airport Parking Scams

Wed 20th Apr 2022

As millions of Brits look forward to their first holidays abroad in a number of years, those who drive to the airport are being warned not to get caught out with ‘illegitimate’ parking websites.

As if the airport experience isn’t stressful enough, one man from Tyneside in the North East had the nightmare scenario of turning up to the airport to find that his ‘paid for’ parking did not exist.

Speaking to the Newcastle Chronicle, John Paton said that having booked his flights with Ryanair for a flight to Malaga, he then booked a car park slot from the Ryanair website, though a service called ‘Looking4Parking’. Having downloaded the voucher, Mr Paton arrived at the airport and called the number only to find that an automated message said the service wasn’t in operation.

‘Meet and Greet’ services at Newcastle Airport had no record of his booking, and Mr Paton was left with no option but to pay for additional parking at a cost of £66.99, on top of the £49.67 he had already paid to the Ryanair service.

“The message put us in a panic, as our flight time was getting nearer, so we went to the on-site airport parking office, to be told that our voucher was not valid at the airport,” Mr Paton told Chronicle Live.

Mr Paton received a full refund for their troubles, and though Newcastle Airport claim several more passengers have had a negative experience with the operator, Ryanair claim that there are no issues with the service.

"The car park operation is legitimate. ‘Looking4’ work with the operator at multiple UK airports," a spokesman said.

"Looking4 stringently checks all operators and as soon as they became aware that the car park at Newcastle was experiencing operational challenges, they were immediately removed from sale and refunded any customers who were inconvenienced."