Here Comes the Aeroplane...Useful Information You Need to Know When Flying with Children

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Cheapflights.co.uk, the UK's leading flight price comparison site, has researched airline offerings to keep kids amused en-route to holiday destinations.

Creating a family friendly environment both prior to as well as in-flight, eases the stress that most parents dread about planning a getaway. Having looked after children en-route to a holiday destination, I can confirm that knowing in advance what to take on-board and where to keep kids entertained at the airport is hugely helpful in getting your break off to a happy start.

Cheapflights.co.uk, the UK's leading flight price comparison site, has researched airline offerings to keep kids amused en-route to holiday destinations. Visit the website's tips page on Travelling with Children, covering everything from pushchairs and facilities to food options for tiny travellers, and turn what can often be a trying time into a triumph.

Child friendly travel is on the increase these days with various airport lounges and in-flight activities cropping up to keep both kids and parents happy. Airlines facilitating playful plane rides are plentiful starting with Virgin Atlantic, who offer kids their own seatback TV with its very own kids channel as well as a backpack complete with puzzles, crayons and other goodies. On the food front, they offer a children's meal comprising delectable dishes like pizza and fish fingers.

British Airways is masterfully organised in its kiddy offerings having arranged them into age groups 3-5 and 6-12. The younger group receive a blue nylon rucksack, a going on a plane storybook, wristband aircraft, activity cards, crayons and stickers. The older group receive a white plastic rucksack, an electronic game, a reading book, travel journal and a pen. Long haul travellers have the added bonus of on screen entertainment from Disney, Cartoon Network and family blockbuster movies that have a parental lock to prevent viewing of unsuitable material.    

Emirates airlines will make your child feel extra special if travelling on their birthday. With advance notice, a cake will be made and if there is time a Polaroid photo can capture the high-flying birthday kid. Low cost airlines on the other hand, have been found to have very limited child-friendly facilities, so pack plenty of snacks, activity books and gadgets to keep them amused and content during flights.

Airports are also doing their bit to create some family fun prior to take off. Gatwick has a play area kitted out with baby-landings, soft play and finger-box play tables (interactive/educational games consoles) and has recently introduced a family lounge, which requires pre-booking.

Heathrow also offers a wealth of family catering in the shape of a supervised family lounge catering to kids aged five right through to 14, which is equipped with a TV, DVD player, reading material, toys, non-electronic as well as computer games.

Nadine Hallak, travel expert for Cheapflights UK, comments that "Creating a family friendly environment both prior to as well as in-flight, eases the stress that most parents dread about planning a getaway. Having looked after children en-route to a holiday destination, I can confirm that knowing in advance what to take on-board and where to keep kids entertained at the airport is hugely helpful in getting your break off to a happy start."

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