Airport hotel prices take off as planes remain grounded

Hotels near London
Heathrow are charging up to 300 per cent more for rooms than their prices for
next month, according to research by Hotels.com.

The hotel provider
reports a surge in prices as passengers are stranded and hotels cash in on the
misery.
 
The company reveals that searches on its site for hotels near
London airports
were up 95 per cent between 18 and 21 December, compared to the
same period last
year.

Alison Couper of Hotels.com tells CN: “It may well be that companies have
found themselves picking up higher than expected bills for staff who couldn’t
get home from Heathrow and had to bed down in nearby hotels and some
business people may have even found themselves priced out of the immediate
vicinity and may have had to get rooms further away from the
airport.

“With hotel accommodation at a premium around London airports, booking
rooms could well have proved prohibitive,” she adds. “Clearly, availability for rooms around Heathrow is at a premium
as travellers find themselves stranded as a result of the severe weather
conditions, and prices rise as demand outstrips supply.”
   
Hotels.com which has 1,000 London hotels on its website, also noted room
prices were up an average 74 per cent on last month’s prices at a range of
hotels near Gatwick.
 
Couper adds: “There is still availability around
London’s
airports with some reasonable deals
but the increase in demand is having a varying impact on the pricing structures
of operators.”

Paul Colston

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Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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