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Gatwick advises passengers to use airport-approved parking

There has been criticism of companies using 'off-site' parking Credit: ITV

Gatwick Airport has advised passengers to use only airport-approved car parking operators when parking before they travel, after a non-approved company failed to return vehicles to over 100 passengers.

Gatwick First Parking, a meet-and-greet parking company with no connection to Gatwick Airport, reportedly ceased trading last week with no prior warning, leaving vehicles abandoned and their rightful owners unable to retrieve them.

The airport has since used its own number plate tracking system to help trace many of the missing cars, and has reissued parking guidance to passengers which strongly recommends the use of either official on-airport parking or companies registered with Gatwick’s off-airport Approved Operators Scheme.

Run in partnership with the British Parking Association, the scheme was introduced to offer Gatwick passengers more confidence when choosing off-airport parking, and only features suppliers that have adhered to the approval processes of Trading Standards’ Buy with Confidence programme.

More information about Gatwick’s Approved Operators Scheme can be found at www.gatwickairport.com/parking/other-parking-options/operator-scheme/.