6 Tips for flying with kids from Gatwick

The summer holidays aren’t far away now, so if you’re travelling though Gatwick Airport with children this summer check out these top tips about Gatwick’s children’s facilities so you can make the whole experience that little bit easier and simpler – getting your holiday off to a flying start.

  1. Meet and Greet Airport Parking
    If you’re driving yourself to Gatwick then be sure to book a Gatwick Approved Operator for meet and greet airport parking – arguably the only way to park when you’re travelling with children.Forget lugging children and luggage out of your car and back onto a coach from the remote airport car park, followed by a 15-minute journey back to the airport. Instead, drive right up to the airport terminal; pull up into the Approved Operator dedicated laybys where your driver is ready and waiting for you. They take your car to be parked so you can make your way straight into the airport.Do note, only Gatwick Approved Operators are allowed to use the Gatwick forecourts and Gatwick recommends only using an Approved Operator.
  2. Porter Service
    If the thought of getting through the airport with children fills you with dread, or you’ve never flown from Gatwick before, why not look into Gatwick’s Porter Service (Gatwick First). It’s ideal for families who can spend their time looking after their children (especially when it’s busier summer holidays) instead of negotiating the busy airport.This service offers you a dedicated Porter who will meet your as soon as you arrive, whether that’s in the car park or the train station for example. Ready with a trolley for your cases, they will guide you through check-in, security and the departure lounge.The Porter service at Gatwick operates 7 days a week, from 6am until 10pm and costs £10 for five bags or less, and £20 for six or more bags per family (up to 5 persons) – prices correct at time of writing.
  3. Kids’ Zones
    Kids’ Zones are specially designed soft play areas for children to let off steam and run around before your flight, plus TV areas (and plenty of seating for the mums and dads to relax with a cuppa). What’s more, they are free to use too!If you’re flying out of the South Terminal your Kids’ Zone is in the Departure Lounge, opposite Café Rouge.Flying from the North Terminal? Here you’ll find the Kids’ Zone is in the Departure Lounge, behind Boots.
  4. Game Grid
    For older children, Gatwick has entertainment covered too. Check out the Game Grid areas, full of full of video games, open 24 hours a day, landside (so before you pass security). Do note that charges are made to play each game.
  5. Family Assistance Security Lanes
    Do you dread the thought of queuing up through security with children? Don’t worry; use the airport’s dedicated Family Lanes which are geared up especially for families. The staff there offers help and advice and you’ll be surrounded by fellow passengers also with young children.Family Assistance lanes are in both the South and North terminals.
  6. Baby Changing Facilities
    Gatwick has made it easy for you to feed and change your baby. Look out for the large yellow ‘baby bottle’ signs to identify the location of dedicated baby change stations that offer clean and private changing facilities – there are also pull-down change tables in each of the ladies’ and men’s toilets.Boots the Chemist stocks a good supply of baby-change and feeding products, just in case you’ve run out or forgotten anything.

Comments

  1. Anne Howell says:

    I hve just phoned the number stated on Gatwick airport’s website for the meet and greet service. I am travelling with a child and a baby and we have 2 bags. I was quoted £99.99 for this service. I travelled in March using the porter service at Gatwick and was charged £10. I cannot believe the price I am now asked to pay. The website no longer seems to mention the porter service under travelling with children section.

  2. Paula Garrett says:

    @Anne

    With regards to the meet and greet porter service you mention, I believe it’s now called Gatwick First. I’m not sure of the costs but I’m wondering whether you’ve been quoted for meet and greet parking instead of the Gatwick First service.

    There’s more information about the service here: http://gatwickairport.com/at-the-airport/passenger-services/gatwick-first-service/ you can book online, although no prices are quoted, or you can call 01293 555706 to book.

    I hope this helps.

    Paula

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