Leeds-based airport parking price comparison company, Looking4Parking.com, has bought Melbourne-based Airport Parking Australia, its first acquisition in the southern hemisphere.

The deal, for an undisclosed sum, will give Looking4Parking.com full coverage across Australia and New Zealand as well as some additional partnerships in Japan.

It is the first in a number of acquisitions and partnership agreements the British company is looking to close this year as it expands its operations globally.

In July it announced a partnership with Paris-Beauvais Airport, which will see Looking4Parking.com power the airport’s new website, allowing passengers to book their airport parking online at competitive prices.

Airport Parking Australia offers parking at 14 airports and six sea ports across Australia and New Zealand, as well as seven airports in Japan.

It has partnerships with Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Tiger Airways, Flight Centre, Avis and American Express.

Martin Mansell, managing director at Looking4Parking.com, said: “We’re delighted to have made our first acquisition in Australasia which will fast-track our growth in the region.

“We have been actively pursuing acquisitions globally but the Australian and New Zealand market was top of our list and, having explored a number of business opportunities, Airport Parking Australia was the obvious choice for us.

“As well as offering a wide spread of airport port coverage, the company has some great partnerships with global brands operating in the region.

“All this, and the vision of managing director Adrian Bird, makes for a great deal for both parties.”

Bird, managing director of Airport Parking Australia, said: “This is a great opportunity for our two businesses to create a best-in-class operation.

“Martin and the Looking4Parking.com team have a clear vision, strong ambition and technical know-how that, coupled with our presence and partnerships in the region, can accelerate growth at a much quicker pace.  We’re delighted to be part of the group.”

Looking4Parking.com is an international airport parking price comparison brand serving countries including the UK, France, Italy, Germany, South Africa, USA, Canada, Australia, Japan and New Zealand.

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