Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Get Family Holidays off to a Flyer

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Get Family Holidays off to a Flyer

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NOW the World Cup is over and schools are out for summer, families across the nation are starting to get excited about their annual holiday. But a recent Thomas Cook survey showed that almost half (45%) of British parents find travelling through the airport stressful, and 42% worry about the airport in advance of their holiday.

This comes as no surprise when you consider they are travelling in peak season, and when airports and flights are at their busiest.

To help families start enjoying themselves from the moment they close their front door, Maggie Kennedy, Thomas Cook Airlines' director of cabin services, shares her top survival tips...

SURVIVING THE AIRPORT ¦ Most families don't realise you can take your buggy right through security to the departure gate. Airline staff will take it from you just before boarding and return it when you arrive at your destination.

Take sun. ¦ Ask restaurants in departures about warming milk. Many will do this free of charge and in hot water, rather than using a microwave.

¦ Most UK airports have baby changing facilities, and some also have dedicated areas for breastfeeding. One example of this is Terminal One at Manchester Airport, where the family can stay with mum or enjoy the TV area opposite. ¦ You can pre-order milk or medication for collection in Boots stores in UK airports that are located after security.

SURVIVING THE FLIGHT ¦ To help children feel grown-up and that the flight will be an adventure, let them take their own special case on the plane as hand luggage, for some of their favourite toys and holiday essentials. ¦ Take the kids to the toilet just before boarding to avoid inevitable requests to go when the seatbelt sign is still on after take-off. …

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