Contact your airline in advance to see what they offer onboard for children, such as sky cots, baby food, toddler meals and children's entertainment. Ask whether you can reserve seats in advance, so you can guarantee that you are all flying together as a family. If you can, book a flight that's not likely to be full. You may get an empty seat next to you or even a free row. To avoid accentuating tiredness, try and fly during reasonable daytime hours, so that your children’s daily routine isn’t disrupted too much.
We know that you need your child’s buggy until you board the plane, so you can take it right through security to the departure gate, where airline staff will take it from you and return it to you at your destination.
Baby changing facilities can be found across all three terminals, either inside or nearby the ladies' toilets. Our baby changing facilities include chairs to make breastfeeding easier. Manchester Airport is also delighted to be trialling a new breastfeeding facility for nursing mothers in Terminal 1. Manchester Airport promotes feeding across our site and we do not restrict where this can take place. However, if a nursing mother would prefer a quieter and/or more private area, they can make use of this relaxing and comfortable facility. There is a baby change facility nearby and food warming facilities are available within the restaurants.
Contact your airline for support when travelling as a lone parent and for advice on what items can be taken onboard the aircraft such as booster seats or buggies and policies for unaccompanied minors.
If your child needs medication while you are at the airport or if you need ready-to-drink infant milk for your holiday, you can pre-order it before you travel and collect it from Boots after security check-in. For further information on this and other pre-order collection services, please visit the official Boots website.
Places that are popular with families at the airport are:
Many of our restaurants and cafes will warm up your baby milk free of charge - they will do this in hot water rather than in the microwave as commercial microwaves are too powerful for baby milk. Starbucks in Terminal 1 will heat baby milk behind the counter, as will Brodericks in Terminal 2 and Costa and Caffe Nero in Terminal 3.
All passengers can use our free drop off area, from which a shuttle bus will transport you free of charge to your terminal. If you are being dropped off by someone who wishes to accompany you to the terminal then they may use the free shuttle bus as well. They will also be able to use the service to get back to the free drop off area, using the same point they are dropped off at.
If availing of this service, please remember that the free drop off provides 1hr of parking at no cost. So drivers should be mindful of this when planning to assist passengers travelling to our terminals.
The free shuttle buses run every 15 minutes, with journey times ranging from five to seven minutes, depending on the terminal you are travelling to. These services will be operated to a 24hour daily schedule with marshals on hand to assist. Please see terms and conditions of the free drop off area.
Other child-friendly services that the airport offers include a free fast lane through security if you have a child in a pushchair, a wide range of restaurants and cafes offering kids' meals and kids' packs.