Thursday, 7 April 2011

Heathrow's Top Travel Tips For Families Flying This Easter

I like getting sent random press releases because sometimes (just sometimes) they really are of use to us parents. I've blogged ones before in the past about special offers and camping but this one is all about flying with Heathrow this easter with the family. If you're off on holidays abroad this Easter (you lucky thing!) then these helpful tips may be of use to you.

Heathrow, which flies more people to and from the world's biggest cities than any
other UK airport, is preparing for its busiest month this year with more than 5.5
million passengers set to pass through the airport terminals this Easter.

To help make families' journeys as smooth as possible, Heathrow has lined up lots
of fun activities to entertain little ones this April. There are also plenty of
services which parents can take advantage of this Easter - and all year round - to
make travelling with children easier.

Free Family Fun

. Easter bunnies will be handing out over 100,000 free mini Cadbury Creme Eggs to
children across all four terminals

. Heathrow staff will be handing out free iSpy books and bendy pencils to keep kids
busy and entertained before their flight

. Much-loved cartoon characters, Peppa Pig and Humungousaur, will be roving around
the terminals to meet and greet kids travelling through the airport on the busiest
days in April

. Kids eat free for the whole month of April at Est Caffe in Terminal 1, Dining
Street Restaurant & Bar at Terminal 4 and Huxleys in Terminal 5. Firm family
favourites such as Giraffe, Bridge Bar & Eating House, Pret A Manger and Chez
Gérard will also be adding new kids dishes on their menus

. Fancy giving your kids a run around before the flight? Heathrow is setting up a
pre-flight play area in Terminal 5 over the busiest weekend of the holidays where
children can use up all their energy before the journey ahead

Heathrow's Here To Help

. The Heathrow Journey Team handle a range of passenger care needs from customer
service and shopping assistance to wayfinding. Dressed in purple uniforms they are
dotted all around the terminals and are on hand to help out with any passenger
request from pharmacy to food, they just need to ask!

. Unsure what you can and can't pack in your hand luggage? Heathrow has produced a
security leaflet giving families all the information they need to get through
security quickly. It's available to download from the website

. We know having enough baby food and milk, as well as getting it though security,
are among the biggest concerns for parents travelling with young children.
Parents can reserve baby milk ahead of time from Boots stores airside and collect
it before they board. For complete peace of mind simply visit Reserve & Collect and
your order will be ready for you when you reach the departure lounge

. Plan your entire airport visit from the palm of your hand with Heathrow's free app.
This complete mobile advice service helps passengers locate and book the most
convenient method of transport to the airport, whilst providing up to the minute
information on check-in procedures, airport news and terminal details. Once at the
airport, the app provides detailed terminal maps, shop locations and even the latest
retail offers, linked to directly from Heathrow's Twitter feed

. Run out of battery? There are free charging points located in the seating areas
and at most gates across Heathrow terminals for passengers to charge their phones,
laptops and games before they board

. There are baby change areas and free drinking water fountains in each terminal
at Heathrow, both before and after security control - most of which are located
alongside the toilet blocks