Heathrow has been ranked as the UK’s most expensive airport, while Newcastle offers the best value for money.

The ratings were based on a comparison of airport costs such as car parking, hotel stay, lounge access, together with fast track security and passport control.

Costs at the north-east airport totalled £138.48 against £271.76 at the London hub.

Birmingham was named second-best for at £140.84 for the various items, with Glasgow grabbing third place at £142.45. Edinburgh and Luton come next, both costing £144.98.

The research by On the Beach found short stay parking to be the cheapest at Edinburgh airport at £40.99 a week against the costliest at Gatwick with a price of £140.

The £10 charge for fast track passport control on arrival at Stansted was found to double the price of Birmingham airport.

Birmingham also offered the cheapest pre-departure hotel stay, averaging at £59.67.

Hotels close to Glasgow, Newcastle and Luton airports all cost less than £65, according to the study.

On the Beach marketing director Alan Harding said: “Our research shows that whilst many airports across the country offer inexpensive options for products such as parking and hotels, Newcastle offers all-round great value for money.

“For the very best prices, holidaymakers should try and book these products at the same time as their holiday in order to save money, and for those looking to beat the queues, the new fast track options are often much cheaper than expected.”