Skyflyers Robbie and Jenny
With temperatures rising in Kuwait and kids breaking up for their summer school holidays, many families will be jetting off for their annual summer getaway. To make the journey even smoother, British Airways offers Middle Eastern travellers some valuable tips for flying with children.
Paolo De Renzis, British Airways’ Regional Commercial Manager, Middle East said: “I have three young children myself and from personal experience I know what a difference it makes if the kids are happy and content during their travels.”
“Everyone looks forward to their summer holiday, whether it be heading off to an exciting new destination, or returning home from abroad to spend time with family and friends. For some children this can be an incredible new adventure, while others will find the experience more of an ordeal.”
The key to travelling with children is preparation. Parents should spend some time speaking with their children to prepare them for the flight experience. Involve them by asking them to help pack for the holiday and plan what toys, books and clothes to take on board. While a great selection of programmes is offered through the in-flight entertainment system, some parents also like to take a portable DVD player with their children’s favourite shows.
Make sure you arrive at the airport with plenty of time to check in, go through security and reach the gate, as these tasks always take longer when travelling with young ones. British Airways invites families to board first, so take this opportunity to get the children settled in their seats.
It is easy for young ones to become bored on longhaul flights so bring some toys and games to amuse them. Be careful not to pack anything with small or many parts, such as a jigsaw puzzle, which can be lost easily. In addition, British Airways offers age-specific Skyflyers activity packs to children between two and 12 years to help them pass the time. The airline has just launched new packs with a London 2012 Olympic theme to be given out to children on flights during the Olympic and Paralympic games. There are also dedicated children’s channels on the in-flight entertainment system.
Nutritious children’s meals are available on all of British Airways’ longhaul flights; however parents will need to book these 24 hours in advance. Small snacks and tasty treats will also help children pass the time. While a limited supply of baby food is carried on board, parents are encouraged to bring their own baby food and sterilised equipment.
British Airways’ website (ba.com) is a valuable source of information and useful advice for families on the go. As well as checking in online and selecting seats, the website also offers a range of other services that make flying easier for families. Try these services and tips for a seamless journey:
- Prebook children’s meals online 24 hours in advance.
- Reserve a carrycot for babies or a child seat for infants so you both get rest during the flight.
- Reserve your seats online 24 hours before your flight to ensure the family can sit together.
- Arrive at the airport well in advance to allow for a less stressful check-in and security process.
- Allow your child to bring his/her favourite toy from home and select a few favourite films or programmes to play on a portable DVD player.
A full timetable of British Airways' flights to London and beyond is available online at ba.com where the lowest fares are guaranteed and customers can book, pay and check-in online for their flights.