Major car-park firm’s Purple patch goes sour

PURPLE Parking, a major company operating at 25 UK airports, including Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted and Luton for 25 years, has gone into administration.

It was the UK’s largest off-airport car-park operator, catering for more than seven million vehicles.

Some travellers returning from holidays abroad have reported lengthy waits for shuttle buses, and delays in collecting their vehicles.

The company called in administrators Duff and Phelps after amassing debts of £2m. And Purple Parking’s brand and website have now been bought by travel firm Holiday Extras, which said all 36 online-booking staff would keep their jobs.

The deal was completed via a pre-packaged administration sale,  following Purple Parking’s inability to secure a buyer for the whole business.

Matthew Pack, chief executive of Holiday Extras, said: “Our acquisition of Purple Parking’s online assets is focused on providing continuity of service for Purple Parking’s customers, suppliers and distributors.

“While the pre-pack purchase sees us responsible for new bookings made from 3rd November, via the brand, we are also focused on ensuring that all customers who had an existing booking with Purple Parking, will have their parking arrangements honoured.

“We are in discussion with all car parks and are very pleased with the response so far. Customers should travel as planned, Holiday Extras are here to answer any queries on 0800 083 9689.”

He added: “We intend to use our proven expertise to make the Purple Parking booking experience faster, easier to use, and an integral part of our suite of services.”

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