Stunned holidaymaker with £870 bill after using the wrong car park at Manchester Airport

Scott Avery, 51, had just returned from his relaxing two-week honeymoon in Egypt with his new wife when he was shocked to receive the hefty bill

Scott and his wife had flown to Egypt for their honeymoon and were stunned at the bill
Scott and his wife had flown to Egypt for their honeymoon and were stunned at the bill

A holidaymaker was left stunned after being hit with a £870 bill – after using the wrong car park at Manchester Airport.

Scott Avery, 51, from Burton-on-Trent in Staffordshire, had just returned from his relaxing two-week honeymoon in Egypt when he was shocked to find the hefty bill.

After booking in advance through Manchester Airport’s meet-and-greet option, he boarded his May 30 flight with confidence that his car was parked correctly, he reported LancsLive.

But the relaxing honeymoon soon turned into a nightmare for the 51-year-old and his new wife, because they parked their car in the wrong parking bay.

Upon returning to the UK, the two were stunned to discover they had racked up a bill of nearly £900.







Scott Avery found he would have had to pay £870 for airport parking if he hadn’t paid in advance.
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Scott paid £120 for the meet-and-greet option via the AA app, but when the couple arrived on May 30, he said they were instead directed to Terminal 2 West Car Park, where they took a token and went on vacation.

When they used the same token to check out on their return on June 14th, Scott’s first bill was a whopping £870.

Manchester Airport has since waived the bill as a gesture of goodwill as it had a meet-and-greet booking in the system.

Scott said: “When we dropped the car off to go on our honeymoon two weeks ago and I paid £120 for the meet and greet.

“When we got to the parking lot, the lot was full, the man at the barrier said, ‘You can’t come in here mate, it’s full’, so he told us to go to the west lot and drop off your car keys and take those brand with.

“So this morning, put the token in the machine and this came out, £870. I was like, what the hell is that?”

Scott’s quick call to customer service meant he was able to explain he had prepaid for the meet-and-greet car park via the AA app and didn’t have to pay the £870 bill he was faced with.

To explain the amazing mishap, he gave his name and vehicle registration number when booking the meet-and-greet. The fee was reset and he was given a new token to leave with.

He admitted, “I wouldn’t have paid for it. No chance I would pay for that.”

The airport’s “meet and greet” option promises customers that they don’t have to worry about finding a seat, as staff will take care of their vehicle and parking spaces so they can proceed with check-in.

Scott said everything “went like clockwork” at Manchester Airport during his trip to Egypt but hopes others don’t fall for the parking accident.

He added: “We were already warned about this before we came back, which was good because if I had come back and that had come up, my head would have fallen off,” he continued.

Manchester Airport offers a number of parking options on its website, with prices from around £75.99 if you book in advance and take the bus direct to the terminal.

An airport spokesman said: “It appears that on arrival at Manchester Airport Mr Avery accidentally parked in the wrong car park and went on holiday.

“When returning from the parking garage, the system generated the amount that would be incurred for 14 days when the parking space appeared.

“Because he had a meet and greet booking in the system and as a gesture of goodwill, our teams waived the turn-up fee on this occasion.

“All of our car parks are clearly signposted and we always encourage all passengers to prepare for their airport journey before coming to the site.”

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