Gatwick Half Term Travel Tips
If you’re one of the lucky ones escaping the storms this half term, then take a moment to familiarise yourself with the children’s facilities at Gatwick Airport.
Knowing where the baby change areas are, where to find the kids’ play area along with advice on pre-booking your airport parking and helpful Porter services will help your holiday get off to a flying start.
Meet and Greet Airport Parking
If you’re travelling with children, the last thing you want to be doing is lugging them (and your luggage) out of the car and then on and off a coach from the car park back to the airport. The easiest solution for family holidays is to pre-book meet and greet airport parking!
Simply drive right up to the airport terminal, stop in the dedicated lay by, and meet your driver. Your driver parks your car for you, leaving you free to make your way directly into the airport terminal. Yes, it’s that’s simple!
On your return it’s that easy too – simply call your driver when you are at baggage reclaim and when you exit the terminal building your driver and your car will be ready and wait for you.
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If you’re worried about getting through the airport with children, don’t be, Gatwick offers a Porter Service to assist parents through the airport: a check-in and at security. Many families find this a useful service as they can give their full attention to their children, especially when it’s busy during peak travelling times.
The Porter will meet you by your car, at the train, or coach station. They will have a trolley ready and will help you with your bags, guiding you to where you need to be. The Porters are also very knowledgeable about where the children’s facilities are.
The Gatwick Porter Service is available 7 days a week, from 6am until 10pm, and costs £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, February ’14.
Working hard to help parents entertain children, Gatwick has created soft play areas – Kids’ Zones – for children to burn off some energy before their flight. There’s also a television showing a great choice of children’s TV shows and plenty of seating for parents so you can relax with a coffee before your flight.
You’ll find these in both terminal buildings - in the South Terminal you’ll find the Kids’ Zone in the Departure Lounge, opposite Café Rouge. And in the North Terminal the Kids’ Zone is in the Departure Lounge, behind Boots. What’s more, they are totally free to enjoy.
If you’re travelling with older ones, then you might be interested to know that Gatwick has some Game Grid outlets, full of video games – these areas are open 24 hours a day. Charges are made to play each game.
Family Assistance Security Lanes
Don’t worry about passing through Security at Gatwick with children in tow. Gatwick has dedicated Family Assistance lanes where you’ll get help and advice, plus you’ll be alongside fellow parents so you’ll be under no pressure if you’re struggling with your buggy and little ones.
Family Assistance lanes are available in both Terminals on your outbound journey and also available on your return into Gatwick.
Baby Changing Facilities
Gatwick offers many baby changing facilities, both landside and airside. You can change and feed your baby in the large, private areas. Also, the ladies’ and men’s toilets have pull down baby change tables. Equally you are very welcome to feed your baby in the seating areas or in the many cafes and restaurants. If you run out of anything, fear not, Boots the Chemist, in both terminals airside and landside sells a complete range of nappies, wipes and such like.