Holiday Extras reports that almost 60% more UK air travellers booked an on-airport hotel room between December 2009 and February 2010 compared to the same period last year, despite declining UK airport passenger numbers. The company attributes the growth to an increase in its range of on-airport hotels, special winter offers with Hilton hotels, lower room rates and partnerships with hotel groups such as Arora Hotels, Intercontinental and Rezidor. The company has also announced a new online service, which offers holidaymakers the chance to break their journey home with a stay at an airport hotel and ties in with traditional airport parking packages. The new service, part of the company’s ‘hassle-free’ initiative, is ideal for holiday-makers arriving back to the UK late in the evening who are concerned about a long drive home following a stressful or tiring flight. It allows travellers to park at the hotel or secured car park, and transfer to the airport for check-in. On their return they go direct from the airport to the hotel, stay the night, and pick up their car in the morning for the drive home. A range of deals are currently available on advance bookings, including the three-star Courtyard by Marriott at Gatwick, which costs from £52.81 room-only; £65 including eight days’ parking; and from £85 including 15 days parking with a Meet and Greet airport parking package. For more information visit
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