When travelling with children, a trip to the airport and onward foreign travel can be both exciting and challenging to say the least. After the job of packing the suitcase and getting in the car or taxi to the airport is done you still have to park the car, join the queues at check in, clear airport security and then entertain the kids until you board the aircraft.
Family Friendly Accredited Airport
Gatwick has recently been awarded the accreditation of being the UK’s first family friendly airport. With fantastic facilities for children of all ages and things in place to make the trip to the airport run smoothly Gatwick sure is family friendly. The child friendly experience starts at the car park and continues through to the departure gate.
Family Friendly Parking
There are a range of family friendly parking options at Gatwick Airport for those travelling with children. A tip from us is to pre book the valet parking option which means you will drop off your vehicle close to the terminal building and let the valet park your car. For all parking options see Gatwick Airport Parking.
Complimentary Buggies for Young Children
For those travelling with children and need a buggy or push chair, Gatwick Airport offer buggies for loan on internal flights. It is often a long walk from the aircraft to the baggage reclaim. In order to help parents who have put their buggy or pushchair in the aircraft hold, there are a number of buggies to loan along arrivals routes. This will help you get to the baggage hall and claim your own.
In order to keep your children entertained while at the airport, Gatwick have come up with some amazing kids zones that are sure to help you pass the time with the little ones. Your children have the chance to play while under the carful eye of you the parent from the large amount of seating available in the area. The kids Zones are available in both the North Terminal and the South Terminal and are sure to get your trip of to a good start when travelling with kids.
Airport Lounges and Children
The airport lounges have family areas so that you can sit and relax before or after a flight. With games rooms and family areas they are an ideal place to sit and relax with your family.
Baby Changing Facilities
There are a number of baby changing facilities across the airport terminals at both airside and before airport security. Some of the toilets (Male and Female) have folding tables for parents that need to change young children. Specialist feeding rooms are also available for babies and young kids.
Essential When Travelling With Children
Boots the Chemist has a number of stores including a pharmacy at airside for you to pick up any baby essentials such as milk and nappies. See Boots Gatwick Airport for information. It is important when travelling with children through Gatwick or any other airport that you are prepared for every eventuality.