When travelling with young children, what can be done to make travelling easier and reduce stress for the parents and the children? How much is it worth in time and money to have a good flight? These are good questions to ask.
What is the top priority when flying with young children? With any flight, one wants to depart on time and arrive on time. This helps with staying in control of your schedule of activites and feeding times. It is difficult with a major airline to have any control over this, since any delays in earlier flights usually have a knock-on impact on later flights. In this scenario, there is little understanding of the needs of parents and young children.
How important is children’s entertainment during a flight? As all parents know, this is a critical step in keeping young children happy. Colouring books and games are always good options, butI respectfully suggest that homework is not a great choice at this point in time! Having the space to play games is critical and this is not always easy on a chartered flight, nor can you assume the patience of others with the noise from children. Being able to use mobile phone/tablet games is now the first choice for a lot of children and there is a great range of choice available already. You need to be able to use all the tools available to you to keep them entertained but also the flexibility to be able to use them.
After the flight, what is the next most important thing?
This must be the airport landing and handling procedure of you and your young children in a friendly manner. At larger airports, you will generally be treated like everyone else who is fighting to get out of the airport. A much better idea is to fly to a smaller airport which are friendlier and are very used to handling young children. You can choose to travel to a smaller airport if you use a private hire.
How do you get good time keeping, good children facilities in flight and friendly experience upon landing? I have had extensive experience of all aspects of the flying and I can tell you that there are some real affordable alternatives.
You should consider a private hire where you remain in control of what happens and when. Your children will love the experience and you can relax knowing that you are in good hands. Private hiring of an aircraft is not just for the super-rich and can be more affordable than you think.
I graduated from the University of Warwick with a BSc Hons in Mathematics & Statistics. Since leaving university I have become Founder and Director of FlexiFly.co.uk.
While studying I played an active role in the family nursing home business, The Graham Care Group, and have continued as a Graduate Trainee alongside my work with FlexiFly, being involved with all areas of the business.
For some years I have been actively involved in international motorsport and achieved numerous awards as co-driver to a European Rally Champion (my dad!). It was these experiences of weekends in Europe that partly inspired us about how we could make air travel more flexible and convenient. The calibre of competitors we met on events have given us insight into the potential our alternative to traditional aircraft charter has.