One of the really fortunate things that has come about as a result of blogging is that I seem to have a voice which certain people want to hear. Its great, I get asked for my opinions on all sorts of parenting issues and sometimes have the chance to make a real difference. That’s why I jumped at the opportunity to take Boy on a behind the scenes tour of Heathrow airport and attend a round-table about making airports more family friendly with the Heathrow Airport team. Having spent seven hours at Verona airport with two children (bored stiff) this summer, aside from trips to Stansted and Luton I felt that I might have something to add to the discussion.
As you will see, we really did try to make sure they took on board all the difficulties parents with children of a variety of ages face. However, I must day I was very impressed with the amount of stuff they already do in Terminal Five. For example, there is a dedicated family lane, special play areas in the departures lounge and you can pre-order baby milk and pick it up from the shop after the departures gate. If you want to find out more about special family events and facilities at the airport just go to their website.
We had a fantastic day, the boy got to sit in the cockpit of the worlds biggest commercial airline (the Quantas airbus), we found out how to park an airplane and Boy even got to try out a driver less car (lucky him). Lets hope other airports follow Heathrow’s lead and make the experience far more family friendly.