Children’s Facilities at Gatwick
Whether you’re a seasoned traveller, or flying for the first time from Gatwick, flying with children can be daunting. However, with a little advanced planning and awareness of the children’s facilities available at Gatwick, flying with children isn’t too difficult.
Gatwick Airport has signed up to The Family and Childcare Trust and has invested a lot of time and money into making family travel as easy and stress free as possible.
Here’s a guide to the children’s facilities at Gatwick, where they are and how to book:
Gatwick Airport offers a Porter Service to help you with your luggage, from your arrival at the airport, whether that be the car park, forecourt or rail station, right up until you enter the security lanes.
Porter services are available 7 days a week, from 6am until 10pm, and cost £10 for up to five bags, and £20 for six or more bags per family (up to 5 persons) – prices correct at time of writing ( December ’13).
To book a Porter, call 01293 501415 in advance of travel. Alternatively, you can book a Porter on arrival at the airport using a dedicated white phone - numerous phones are available throughout the airport and car parks - dial 1415 to be connected.
Gatwick’s Kids’ Zones are available free of charge, and offer soft play areas, with vibrant red and blue seating and flooring. The zones are ideal for toddlers and small children and also have a TV showing children’s television shows. There’s plenty of seating for adults too, so you can relax with a take-away coffee.
In the South Terminal, you’ll find the Gatwick Kids’ Zone in the Departure Lounge, opposite Café Rouge.
In the North Terminal, the Kids’ Zone is in the Departure Lounge, behind Boots.
Older children may prefer the Game Grid gaming areas, which are full of video games, located both landside and airside in the North and South Terminal.
Game Grids are open 24 hours with charges payable for each game played.
Baby Changing Facilities
There are many places, both landside and airside, to change and feed your baby. All baby-changing facilities are clearly identifiable - look for the yellow symbol that shows a baby’s bottle or baby care symbol.
You will find baby changing rooms in the arrivals hall (where you check-in), on the ground and first floors of the Departure Lounge (after security), and on the way to the Boarding Gates. When you land back at Gatwick, there are many on your route back to Passport Control and Baggage Reclaim.
You'll also find fold-down tables in some of the female and male toilets. Should you require spare nappies, wipes etc., Boots the Chemist, in both terminals, landside and airside, has an excellent range of babycare products.
Family Assistance Security Lanes
Gatwick has created dedicated security lanes for families in both terminals to provide extra help for those travelling with children.
Like-minded families use these lanes, so there’s no pressure on travellers with children to rush. Children of all ages are required to pass through the X-ray machines - small children and babies can be carried by parents/guardians.
These Family Assistance Lanes are at both the departure security checkpoints and also in arrivals, on your return back into Gatwick.
Contrary to popular belief, airport lounges aren’t for the exclusive use of business travellers, or the rich and famous.
For a fee, any passenger can book entry into one of Gatwick’s Lounges, even those with children, although children under 12 are restricted to the Family Areas and must be accompanied by an adult.
Gatwick lounges are situated airside in both terminals. For more information about Gatwick Airport lounges check out our previous post.