Car parking fees, fast track security lanes, departure lounges: the cost of using an airport can quickly mount up. So we’ve compared prices in 15 UK airports, across five key categories, to find out which ones offer the best value for money. The results are well worth considering the next time you search for a cheap flight. By considering an airport slightly further away from home than normal, you might be able to cut the overall cost of your trip.The UK’s Best Value AirportThe criteria we used were average flight prices, pick-up and drop-off charges, car-parking costs, fast track security fees and the price of using an airport lounge. And we discovered that, overall, the UK’s best value airport for European flights is Newcastle Airport, closely followed by Birmingham¹. Drop-off and Pick-up ChargesSome airports – London Gatwick, London City and Birmingham – don’t charge for drop-offs, but they do charge for collection. According to Skyscanner’s data3, Glasgow Prestwick comes out on top overall when passenger drop-off and pick-up charges are combined. Our figures are based on the cost of dropping off and collecting at the nearest location to the terminal. But for travellers who don’t need to be dropped off at the terminal doors there are airports that offer free drop-off and collection points further away from the terminal. For example, Leeds Bradford offers a free drop-off and collection point that’s only a four-minute walk to the terminal. London Luton also offers free drop-offs and collections in its mid-stay car park. 12345Glasgow PrestwickLiverpoolLondon StanstedNewcastleEast Midlands£94.37£104.94£107.71£116.85£116.97 Car ParkingThe cost of airport parking depends on the time of year you’re travelling and whether you book in advance or not. When looking at the cost of car park charges for a week during Easter, Summer and Christmas, Birmingham Airport came out on top, with Edinburgh Airport flying the flag for Scotland in third place4. Airport Average Return Economy Flight Price Top 5 Airports Value Lounges6 Skyscanner’s Top 5 Airports Value Car Parking4 Airport Ranking 12335Glasgow PrestwickBristolNewcastleLeeds BradfordLondon Heathrow Ranking 1234555BirminghamGlasgow InternationalLeeds BradfordLiverpoolEast MidlandsLondon StanstedManchester Airport Ranking 1134555London LutonNewcastleBirminghamBristolLiverpoolEast MidlandsLeeds Bradford ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Airport For more air travel hacks, read on:Revealed: flight-booking hacks that can save you cashFrom booking flights to fine dining: find out how to save cash on holiday. Why pay more than you need to on travel? 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Each airport was judged on average flight prices2, pick up and drop off charges3, car parking costs4, fast track5 and lounge costs6 2 Average flight prices were based on average flight prices for return economy adult fares, travelling from each airport to six of the most popular European destinations which each of the top 15 airports served. 3 Based on researched carried out on 7th March 2018 using each airport’s official website to obtain drop off and collection charges. Each airport’s cost was divided by the number of minutes to achieve a cost per minute. The airports were then ranked in order of cheapest first based on cost per minute 4 Based on researched carried out on 7th March 2018 using each airport’s official website to obtain car parking charges for key Easter period (7-14 April), Summer (11th-18th August) and Christmas (23rd-30th December). The cost for each of the three key periods were added up and the airports were then ranked in order of cheapest first. 5 Based on researched carried out on 7th March 2018 using each airport’s official website to obtain fast track charge per person for departure on 11th August 2018. The airports were then ranked in order of cheapest first. 6 Based on researched carried out on 7th March 2018 using each airport’s official website to obtain lounge access charge per person for departure on 11th August 2018. The airports were then ranked in order of cheapest first Fast Track SecurityThe need for fast track can depend on the airport you’re travelling from and your need to get to the gate quickly. To find out how to navigate through your airport faster, check this out. Looking at fast track prices for a specific week in August this year (11th – 18th August 2018), London Luton and Newcastle Airport came out joint first on Best Value Fast Track, with Birmingham Airport in third place5. 12335NewcastleBirminghamLiverpool John LennonLeeds BradfordEast Midlands Ranking Ranking Skyscanner’s Top 5 UK Value Airports European Flights² Skyscanner’s Top 5 Airports Value Passenger Drop-off & Pick-up Charges³ If fast track and lounge access are both important to you, then Skyscanner suggests looking to see if your airport offers ‘value added’ bundles. You might find savings if they’re booked together. Airport LoungesBusiness and first-class travellers aren’t the only people who can use an airport lounge. Many airports now feature lounges that are open to all, provided you pay an entrance fee. Aspire lounges are a good example – and are available in 18 UK airports. Airport lounges are great if you’re seeking time out before the flight, and many offer free food, drink, wifi and newspapers/ magazines. Some even have showers and massage therapists. According to our research6, Birmingham Airport came out on top for lounge prices, closely followed by Glasgow International. Skyscanner’s Top 5 Airports Value Fast Track5 Airport However, there were a range of different winners across the individual categories, as you’ll see below. Average Flight PriceFlight prices can vary from airline to airline, as well as from airport to airport. The best way to find out if you are getting the best airfare is to use our nearby airports tool. It gives you the results from your selected airport, as well as nearby airports. You can also use this for the destination airport. Judged on average flight prices alone2, Glasgow Prestwick came out on top, closely followed by Liverpool John Lennon Airport. London Stansted also made it into the top five for the best-value flight prices to key European destinations. Airport 12345BirminghamNewcastleEdinburghLondon StanstedGlasgow Prestwick Skyscanner’s Top 5 UK Best Value Airports1 Ranking RelatedThese 7 holiday mistakes are costing you moneyWhen it comes to travel, it pays to be smart. Here are our seven top money-draining mistakes – and strategies to help you avoid them.Which airlines offer the best value on short-haul flights?Just how cheap is a cheap flight? Often there’s more to consider than the basic ticket price. Baggage charges, seat reservations and on-board catering can all add to the total cost. So we’ve rated the 20 most popular airlines flying short-haul from the UK in four key categories – with…Monarch luggage rules explained and how to maximise your cabin baggage allowanceMonarch has been placed into administration and all Monarch search results have been removed from Skyscanner. 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