Manchester airport owner acquires car park price comparison site

Manchester airport owner acquires car park price comparison site

The owner of Manchester airport, MAG, has acquired parking price comparison and booking agent SkyParkSecure for an undisclosed sum.

The UK’s largest airport group, which also owned Stansted and East Midlands Airport generated revenues of £2.2 million in 2017.

Blackpool-based SkyParkSecure, which trades under the domain SkyParkSecure.com, allows customers to compare and book over 300 parking options across 28 UK airports.

The SkyParkSecure business and its team will join MAG, and integrate into the operator’s Airport Services division, alongside the group’s dedicated technology division MAG-O, established to enhance the end-to-end airport experience for passengers.

MAG said the SkyParkSecure business will improve its distribution capabilities via national online channels.

Dean Pailing, co-founder and managing director of SkyParkSecure, who will join MAG following the acquisition, said:

“Having spent the last twelve years building the SkyParkSecure brand and a base of over 2 million loyal customers, we’re delighted that our business has been acquired by MAG and that we will now have the opportunity to take both businesses to the next level in the online airport parking sector.

“This is an exciting time for our customers, as this relationship will enable us to provide a greater level of care and service, as well as increase our service offerings going forward.”

Andrew Harrison, chief executive of airport services at MAG, added: “SkyParkSecure is another great acquisition for MAG’s Airport Services division.

“We have enjoyed a great relationship with Dean and the SkyParkSecure team having traded closely with them for a number of years. They will add unbeatable expertise, tech and vision to our existing talent.

“SkyParkSecure is a successful, growing business and we are delighted to begin working more closely with the team.”

SkyParkSecure was one of the first companies of its kind to offer independent customer reviews of car park products, and the first to send mobile parking confirmations.

In 2015, it launched its SkyParkSecure Business Portal, allowing large businesses to book, manage and save money on corporate airport parking bookings.

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