Planning your Trip
If you want to make sure that your trip goes smoothly then it is best to plan as much as you can in advance. This is particularly the case if you are travelling as a large group of people, or you are travelling with people who may need special assistance.
Before Your Trip
Make sure to check out any situations that may disrupt your flight - there may be strikes planned, or bad weather. You don’t want to be taken by surprise!
It is important to check the rules relating to baggage with your airline, as these can vary between companies.
Look at the times of your flights and plan accordingly - if it is rush hour driving to the airport could be very time consuming and stressful. However, there are some really great deals to be found on airport parking!
Plenty of taxi companies also serve Birmingham Airport, and this way you get the bonuses of driving to the airport without having to park the car.
Another really great option if you have a particularly early flight is book a hotel close to the airport. These can be really reasonable and it means that your trip to the airport for your flight is a lot less stressful! In some cases these hotels also offer parking as part of their package.
Travelling with Children
- Make a list of everything you will need. New security measures mean that you can only carry a limited amount of baby food and drink onto the plane in a clear plastic bag; the bag must be no larger than 20cm by 20cm. Make sure you prepare for this to avoid any problems at security.
- Pack extra snacks, drinks, colouring books, crayons and (if they're young) their favourite cuddly toy.
- Ensure all of the children's passports are valid and that you have a safe, yet easily accessible, belt or pouch to carry them in. It is not aviseable to let young children carry their own passports.
- Invest in one or two large, sturdy carry on bags with multiple sections instead of using lots of small bags. This will allow you to focus on keeping your children safe and happy without having to worry about lost luggage.
- Many airports have special children's facilities. Have a look at the airport's website or phone their information number.
Passengers requiring special assistance can obtain information, tips, guides and support from:
- Disabled Living Foundation +44 (0)20 7289 6111
- Disability Rights UK +44 (0)20 7250 8181
- Royal National Institute for the Blind +44 (0)131 652 3140
- Action on Hearing Loss +44 (0)808 808 0123
Another really useful resource is these page from Heathrow Airport Guide with tips for senior travellers.