Gatwick is first UK airport to introduce peer-to-peer car rental scheme

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London Gatwick has become the first airport in the UK to offer a peer-to-peer car rental scheme that allows people to rent out their vehicles to others while they’re away traveling.

The new scheme, which is being offered in partnership with startup Car & Away, has completed a successful trial period and will be available alongside other existing long-stay parking options at Gatwick.

Gary Wallace, Gatwick Airport’s head of car parking, said, “We are always searching for ways to provide new, innovative and ground-breaking services so we are pleased to be hosting this exciting new scheme with Car & Away.

“The new service offers passengers an alternative option when it comes to renting vehicles from the airport and gives them a chance to offset their parking costs.

“Our goal is to help as many people as possible to travel for less, in a convenient way, and airport peer-to-peer carsharing services are another way of achieving this.”

Car & Away founder and CEO Andy Hibbert added, “We’re all used to, and comfortable with, the sharing economy […] so, sharing a car while people go away isn’t such a big step. Especially when owners not only make money out of it but benefit from dropping the car right next to the terminal and get a professional valet to boot.

“For renters we provide a great alternative service that saves time, money and provides you with the exact car you book – not a ‘similar’ one. Our early customer feedback really shows us why these things matter. When it comes to renting cars, together with our partners, we provide a service where everyone wins.”

To use the new service, passengers register via the Gatwick parking website and receive information about Car & Away’s qualifying criteria and the renting process. Their vehicle will also receive a mini valet service, irrespective of whether it is booked for hire while parked at the airport.

Renters can find Car & Away’s available vehicles via the company’s partner, Rentalcars.com, when searching for rental cars from Gatwick. Once a suitable match has been found, the vehicle is available for collection from dedicated Car & Away parking bays, located in the valet arrivals area of the South Terminal.

Once the renter returns, the vehicle is waiting for the owner in the dedicated Car & Away parking bays upon their return from holiday.

Small vehicle owners can expect to earn up to £80 per week in rental income, while owners of larger cars can expect to earn up to twice that amount.

By Hazel King

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With a decade of experience in trade publishing, Hazel first joined UKi Media & Events in 2011 as assistant editor before progressing to editor of Business Airport International. After taking 18 months off to bring up her daughter and try her hand at marketing copywriting, she returned to UKi Media & Events in January 2018 to do what she loves best – magazine editing!

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