Gatwick meet and greet warning

It’s that time of year when most of us are looking to book our airport parking before jetting of on our summer holiday.

If you haven’t booked yours yet and thought airport parking was simply a choice between on-airport, off-airport and meet and greet, you need to think again.

Yes, you do have a choice between on- and off-airport and meet and greet but, if you’re considering Gatwick meet and greet parking, you need to be aware that not all companies are equal.

No, there are two types of companies: those that have been approved by Gatwick Airport and those that haven’t.

Companies that have been approved by Gatwick offer the following benefits:

  • They are the only operators that are permitted to collect and return cars on the airport’s terminal forecourts
  • They only park cars in secure, Safer Parking Park Mark awarded car parks. These car parks are inspected annually to ensure safety and security standards are maintained
  • They have been investigated by Trading Standards and awarded Trading Standards Buy With Confidence approval.

You’ll find a list of all Gatwick Approved Operators on Gatwick Airport’s website – there are only 12!

To save you checking, we’ve listed them all below:

There are lots of other meet and greet parking companies operating at Gatwick, far too many to count, although, when Gatwick Airport introduced its Approved Operator Scheme in 2013, it estimated there were in the region of 150 meet and greet parking companies at Gatwick.

While a quick search in Google (there are other search engines) will reveal some of these companies, do remember that not all of them offer the high standards guaranteed by a Gatwick Approved Operator. They may come across well on their smart website but you have no guarantee that what they say is correct, and that their ‘secure’ car parks are secure. If you need convincing, take a look at some of the following articles:

From ITV: 1,000 cars left in muddy field

From ITV: Counting the true cost of meet and greet

Crawley News: Parking company abandons car in short-stay car park leading to £400 parking bill

Sevenoaks Chronicle: Car sustains £4,000 worth of damage

BBC News: Probe into Gatwick Sky Parking

Mid Sussex District Council: Men fined £50,00 for running illegal airport car park

Daily Mail: Rogue parking company fined for misleading customers

You may think you’re saving money by booking an unapproved operator but, as the ITV News story above shows, the true cost of meet and greet isn’t necessarily the price you pay when booking.

The choice is yours!

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