Terminal 5 will be child’s play

Published April 6th, 2008 - 07:15 GMT

Terminal 5 is going to be child’s play for families and kids travelling without their parents.


The airline flies some 1.2 million children a year with their families and around 150,000 Skyflyers Solo - children who travel alone.


El Ultimo Grito – specialists in innovative, interactive play – have designed the dedicated ‘KidZone’ room within the terminal’s  £60 million lounge complex which includes a magnetic play wall, plasma screens and PlayStations.


Skyflyers Solo customers will have their own departure and arrival zone, kitted out with the latest PC and computer games.


Outside the lounges, kids’ tastebuds have been catered for with restaurants like Giraffe, Huxleys, Carluccios and Wagamamas.


Tiffany Hall, British Airways’ head of marketing and distribution, said: “Taking the hassle out of flying is vital for parents travelling with children.  As a parent myself I know how challenging it can be but the facilities we have designed into the terminal will make travelling that much easier.


“The terminal is designed to minimise queuing and it has a faster and more reliable baggage system.  It will be a fantastic experience for all our customers whatever their age and a stunning showcase for UK PLC. ”


The £4.3 billion terminal offers space, luxury, calm and an effortless travel experience for parents and has received the airline’s Kids’ Council stamp of approval. The thirteen children on the Council have just toured the terminal and were impressed by what they saw.


Holly Woodgate, aged nine from Exeter, said: "I am very impressed with Terminal 5 as I think it is very spacious, light and airy.  In the departure hall there are simply loads of Fast Bag Drop desks.  I think the aim is to reduce queuing time for people who need to drop off luggage. This is great news for us children, as we won't have to spend so long waiting in queues.” 

Christian Weaver, also aged 13 from Nottingham, added: "Terminal 5 is huge, each floor is as big as 10 football pitches. It is also eco-friendly: up to 85 per cent of the water used in the terminal will be harvested rain water, collected through the roof."


The logical design of the building, online and kiosk check-in, plus 96 fast bag drop desks will speed and simplify the process through the terminal. The lounges or ‘Galleries’ complex is the largest and most luxurious in the world for the exclusive use of up to 2,500 British Airways premium passengers.

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