We travelled from Manchester Airport (Terminal 1) to Bergerac in France with Jet2 on Sunday 22nd June 2014 with our 4 year old and 1 year old./p>
Parking at Manchester Airport
We booked Meet and Greet Parking through APH Parking, which meant that we just drove up to the Terminal 1 Departures Drop Off Area, parked up and someone came and collected the car from us and took it away to an offsite car park. This was the first time we had used Meet and Greet parking but I was really pleased that we had booked it. It cost slightly more than parking at Jetparks but meant we didn’t have to wait for a bus to take us to the terminal with all our bags and 2 excited children. We had a long wait at Passport Control when we returned so it was absolutely wonderful to see the driver pulling up outside the Terminal when we walked out without having to wait and queue for the bus. The driver even helped load our luggage in the boot too. I will definitely use this service again and recommend it to families.
Remember to bring a £1 coin if you want a luggage trolley!
Last year we didn’t have a £1 coin for the trolley which meant I had to run into the Terminal and find a shop to buy something from. Nightmare. This year we were ready with our £1 coin so we could get a trolley straight away. The £1 is non refundable too.
Remember to keep a £1 coin or 2 Euro coin safe so you can get a trolley when you arrive back after your holiday.
There is a separate Baby Change area outside the Ladies toilets in T1, which also included a chair for breast feeding mums. The Baby Change was clean, well maintained and well sign posted.
Baby Milk and Baby Food
It is possible to pre order small quantities of baby milk, and baby food and collect it from Boots after you have passed through security. This gets over the issue of only being able to take very small amounts of liquids through Security, and is a really good idea for people travelling on longer flights.
There is more information about this service and how to prebook your milk and baby food here.
Last year when my baby was 4 month old, I took 180ml of sterilised water in a baby bottle along with some Aptamil powder to make up a bottle if needed. I was still breast feeding as well so thought this would be enough milk for the journey. I had put the bottle of water and power in a clear plastic bag ready for security to inspect it. Plastic bags are available at Security but I seem to remember this was £1 for 2 bags!
Manchester Airport have a list of places where you can heat up baby milk in this handy guide about travelling with children here
Getting through Security
We had left ourselves loads of time to get through security in case there were long queues. As we approached Security we were ushered us to the Fast Track queue so we didn’t hold up the rest of the queue. We had to dismantle the pushchair so it could be put on the conveyabelt to be scanned, empty our pockets, take the electricals out of our hand luggage – and keep a tight hold of the 4 year old and 1 year old! The Security Officials helped as much as they could but it does take a bit of time when there is a lot to be unpacked, scanned, checked and repacked.
When travelling through other European Airports, I have been impressed by the toddler play areas which have been available in the Departures Lounge. There isn’t one in Terminal 1 at Manchester Airport but there is one at Terminal 2. More information here.
We had a lovely meal at the Giraffe restaurant at the far side of Terminal 1. They have a good value Children’s Menu and the restaurant has a great viewing area where the children can look at the planes!
Have you travelled with babies and toddlers from Manchester Airport? How did you find it? Have you any tips or hints to share?