THE cost of keeping a car stationary in a single spot for 48 hours apparently exceeds the cost of flying across the sea and back, it has emerged.
Businessman Nathan Muir was surprised to discover the price of occupancy of a 8ft-by-16ft space for two days comfortably exceeded the price of return flights to Amsterdam, and found himself puzzled by the economics.
He said: “I’m not sure that mere occupancy of space can really compare, in terms of value for money, to what I still consider a scientific miracle.
“On the one side you’ve got building the plane, fuelling the plane, maintaining the plane, piloting the plane, staff at two separate airports, shuttle buses, all that.
“On the other, there’s a rectangle of tarmac behind a chain-link fence in a scrubby part of Cheshire being walked past by a disinterested security guard every six hours. And of course a Portakabin.
“I would definitely expect one to cost significantly more than the other. But it appears to be the wrong way round.”
Bill McKay, owner of Lavender Parking, said: “We’ll probably have to stick Mr Muir’s car by the side of a road on an industrial estate for the majority of its stay.
“Got to cut our overheads if we’re going to make any profit.”