Doncaster Sheffield Airport is one of most expensive for drop-offs

Doncaster Sheffield Airport. Picture: Chris Etchells
Doncaster Sheffield Airport. Picture: Chris Etchells

Doncaster Sheffield Airport is one of the most expensive in the UK for dropping off and picking up passengers according to a study.

Research by Admiral insurance found is cost £6 for a 15 minute wait - more than any airport apart from Stansted and Luton.

Six airports charged nothing for a 15-minute stay.

Meanwhile, the most expensive parking was found at Luton airport, where a two-week stay in their standard on-site car park came in at £191.

Exeter was the cheapest, where an equivalent space cost just £65 for the same amount of time.

The study also found Stansted charges the highest drop-off rate at £8.50 for 15 minutes, followed by Luton and Doncaster at £8 and £6 respectively.

Admiral compared three online car parking prices for an on-site space at each of 30 airports across the UK to cover a two-week break in the summer holidays, finding a 'postcode lottery' for a 2.4 metre spot.

The average car parking rate for two weeks came in at £111, although those flying from Luton will pay £80 more.

The second most expensive airport was London City at £181, followed by Gatwick North at £175 and Gatwick South at £167.

Those flying from Heathrow terminals 2, 3 and 4 will pay £146, and £10 more at T5.

Admiral spokesman Alistair Hargreaves said: "We all know that an overseas holiday in the summer time can be costly, but our investigation has revealed that holidaymakers can end up feeling short-changed before they've even boarded the plane.

"This study demonstrates that airport parking prices are a postcode lottery with extortionate price discrepancies for the same 2.4 metre-wide car parking space, depending on where you are flying from.

"By planning ahead and researching other car parking options, such as those off-site and factoring these prices into the total cost of the holiday before booking anything, consumers can make sure there are no surprises."

On Doncaster Sheffield Airport's website it states its car parking drop-off prices as £1 for 10 minutes and then £5 for each additional 15 minutes.

However, there is a free 15 minute stay in its short stay car park.