Airport Parking & Hotels (APH) compares entertainment for children on board airlines

According to research released by London Heathrow Airport*, the number of under-5s taking their first flight has increased by 15 per cent compared twith five years ago. In fact. the average five-year-old is predicted to fly more than half a million miles during their lifetime.

With the summer school holidays just around the corner, Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) has launched a Flight Survival Guide including details on the inflight entertainment available on major airlines as well as top tips on making the journey as stress-free as possible.

Available at www.aph.com/flyingwithchildren, the guide includes a detailed comparison of the inflight entertainment and services provided for children on-board 19 airlines as well as downloadable APH colouring sheets for children to print prior to their departure.


Pack sweets to help avoid ear pain and pressure

‘Popped’ ears can be an uncomfortable and painful feeling for children and adults alike. To help avoid a build-up of pressure and pain in ears during a flight, sugar-free lollipops or sweets can encourage swallowing and equalise air pressure during take-off and landing. Or for those younger travellers, a dummy can help babies feel more comfortable.

Find out more about popping ears here

Check-in online

Planning ahead is advisable in any travel situation, but particularly more so when travelling with children. Checking-in online prior to arriving at the airport is an easy way to stay ahead of the queues and secure cabin seating together.

Don’t forget to consider booking fast-track security, too.

Make the airport experience an adventure

To avoid the tedious trail through endless security gates and passport checks, make the experience of air travel an adventure for children. Allowing extra time to explain and explore every process and area of the airport can be both educational and exciting for younger travellers. Once in the air, be sure to look at the in-flight map (if provided) to point out interesting countries and geographical landscapes below.

Pick the right restaurant for your family before you arrive at the airport.

Burn off energy prior to boarding

Sitting still for hours can sound like a nightmare for even the most frequent flyer, so to avoid potential restlessness, burn energy prior to boarding by exploring the airport with children or visiting the play areas provided in most airport terminals.

Pre-book meet and greet airport parking

For families looking to enjoy a rush-free and stress-free journey to the airport, then pre-booking meet and greet airport parking with a reputable company such as APH is the perfect answer. Simply drive straight to the airport terminal where you will be met by a chauffeur who will transfer your car to a nearby compound for you. On your return, the car will be waiting for you at the airport terminal ensuring a quick and easy departure home.

Book your meet and greet parking

Bring entertainment

Although airlines may provide endless episodes of Peppa Pig, families may also find a personal tablet or device pre-loaded with films, TV shows and games a life-saver once their children have grown bored of the in-flight entertainment.

Remember, some routes won’t let you carry devices such as tablets in the cabin, so make sure you know the rules. Find out here.



Aer Lingus
IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PROVIDED ON IN-SEAT SCREEN ACTIVITY PACK APPS FOR CHILDREN PERSONAL DEVICE STREAMING OPTIONS WI-FI AVAILABILITY WI-FI AVAILABILITY
Flights Within Europe:
  • N/A

Transatlantic Flights:

  • Films, including Disney films
  • TV programmes, including Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tales in Giving Tales, step-by-step drawing show Learn To Draw, SpongeBob Square Pants and Marvel’s Avengers Assemble
  • Radio, including Happy Days by RTE Junior
  • Multi-player games
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • Available on board all Airbus A330 aircraft from £6 (€6.95) for 50MB
  • Complimentary for Business Class passengers
  • N/A


Air Canada
IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PROVIDED ON IN-SEAT SCREEN ACTIVITY PACK APPS FOR CHILDREN PERSONAL DEVICE STREAMING OPTIONS WI-FI AVAILABILITY WI-FI AVAILABILITY
  • TV programmes, including YTV Channel shows and programmes in French
  • Films, including Disney and DreamWorks animations
  • Audio, including Songs For Little Ones
  • Not provided for children from the UK
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • Available on board select aircraft from £4 ($5) for a one-hour pass
  • N/A


Air France
IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PROVIDED ON IN-SEAT SCREEN ACTIVITY PACK APPS FOR CHILDREN PERSONAL DEVICE STREAMING OPTIONS WI-FI AVAILABILITY WI-FI AVAILABILITY
  • Cartoons, including Disney animations, ToonYou and Les Patapons
  • Films, including Disney and Pixar movies
  • Games, including Disney mini-games and a drawing game
  • Audio, including nursey rhymes, lullabies, pop music and Disney soundtracks
Short-haul Flights:
  • N/A

Long-haul Flights:

  • Games and colouring books are provided complimentarily on long-haul flights
  • The Kids App can be downloaded to a phone or tablet and allows children to colour a picture and view the image in 3D
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • A space for children with PlayStations, board games and magazines is provided inside the lounge of Paris-Charles De Gaulle Airport at Terminal E, Boarding Gate M and at Gates L and K in the summer


American Airlines
IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PROVIDED ON IN-SEAT SCREEN ACTIVITY PACK APPS FOR CHILDREN PERSONAL DEVICE STREAMING OPTIONS WI-FI AVAILABILITY WI-FI AVAILABILITY
  • TV programmes, including Marvel cartoons and Jingle Bilingual, an animation in English and Spanish
  • Films, including Disney and Pixar movies
  • Games, including Chess, Hangman and In-Flight Tetris
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • The American Airlines app can be download to a phone, tablet or laptop and allows streaming of films and TV programmes on select US domestic flights
Flights Within The US:
  • From £12 ($16) for an all-day pass

International Flights:

  • Available on Boeing 777-300ER, 787 Dreamliner and select 777-200 aircraft from £9 ($12) for a two-hour pass
  • A Samsung Galaxy Tab4 loaded with films, TV programmes, games, music and book excerpts is provided for passengers in First and Business class
  • Kid’s Wings pin badges are available on board and can be presented to children by cabin crew on request


British Airways
IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PROVIDED ON IN-SEAT SCREEN ACTIVITY PACK APPS FOR CHILDREN PERSONAL DEVICE STREAMING OPTIONS WI-FI AVAILABILITY WI-FI AVAILABILITY
  • TV programmes, including shows from CBeebies, CBBC, Cartoon Network and the Disney Channel
  • Films, including Disney and Pixar movies
  • Audio programmes, including educational series iMinds Junior and soothing bedtime stories and music mixes that help children fall asleep
  • Games, including Hangman Junior and a memory game
  • Parental locks are available on the channels allowing parents to block unsuitable content
Flights Over Two Hours From London Heathrow And London Gatwick:
  • Skyflyers Activity Packs are available on request
  • For children between three and five years old, the pack contains crayons and a ‘Spread Your Wings’ colouring book
  • For children over six, the pack contains a pen and an activity and puzzle book
  • N/A
  • The British Airways app for iPhone and iPad allows passengers to view the in-flight entertainment and create a timeline of what to watch on board
  • N/A
  • Children can print and personalise their own Skyflyers baggage tag from the British Airways website here


Delta Air Lines
IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PROVIDED ON IN-SEAT SCREEN ACTIVITY PACK APPS FOR CHILDREN PERSONAL DEVICE STREAMING OPTIONS WI-FI AVAILABILITY WI-FI AVAILABILITY
  • TV programmes including The Regular Show, educational reading programme Speakaboos and Disney’s The Lion Guard
  • Films, including Disney movies
  • Games, including Solitaire and Bejewelled 2
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • The free Gogo Entertainment app can be downloaded for iOS and Android devices and allows streaming of TV programmes and films on a passenger’s device
Flights Within North America:
  • Available on board most two-cabin aircraft from £5 ($7) for a one-hour pass

International Flights:

  • Available on board select aircraft from £21 ($28) for a 24-hour pass
  • N/A


easyJet
IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PROVIDED ON IN-SEAT SCREEN ACTIVITY PACK APPS FOR CHILDREN PERSONAL DEVICE STREAMING OPTIONS WI-FI AVAILABILITY WI-FI AVAILABILITY
  • N/A
  • A snack pack is available to purchase, which includes an activity box with games, drawings, a post card and a pack of colouring pencils
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A


Emirates
IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PROVIDED ON IN-SEAT SCREEN ACTIVITY PACK APPS FOR CHILDREN PERSONAL DEVICE STREAMING OPTIONS WI-FI AVAILABILITY WI-FI AVAILABILITY
  • Over 50 Disney films and 90 children TV programmes are included within the Information, Communication and Entertainment (ICE) system
  • Multi-player games, including Battleship, Checkers and In-Flight Bowling Tournament
  • Children are provided with brightly coloured headphones

 

  • A Lonely Planet Kids pack is provided to older children
  • A ‘Fly With Me Animals’ soft toy is provided for younger children, along with a magazine pack that includes puzzles, games and coloured pencils
  • A bag or lunch cooler with an educational book is provided for younger children
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • Available on board all Airbus A380 aircraft and selected Boeing 777 aircraft
  • Complimentary access up to 10MB and £0.77 ($1) for each 500MB after
  • Family check-in desks are located at Dubai International Airport
  • Passengers can ask cabin crew to take a photo with the on board camera
  • Children can become a member of the Skywards Skysurfer frequent flyer programme and collect Skywards Miles, which can be spent on rewards such as free flights, iPods and water park tickets


Etihad
IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PROVIDED ON IN-SEAT SCREEN ACTIVITY PACK APPS FOR CHILDREN PERSONAL DEVICE STREAMING OPTIONS WI-FI AVAILABILITY WI-FI AVAILABILITY
  • Kids Club available for children under 12 years old providing TV programmes, films and interactive games
  • Parental locks are available on the channels allowing parents to block unsuitable content
  • Children over three years old will receive a pack of games, activity books and stickers
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • Available on board selected aircraft from £4 ($5) for a 30-minute pass
  • A trained Flying Nanny on board will provide assistance and entertainment for children, including magic tricks, arts and crafts activities, and puppet performances


KLM
IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PROVIDED ON IN-SEAT SCREEN ACTIVITY PACK APPS FOR CHILDREN PERSONAL DEVICE STREAMING OPTIONS WI-FI AVAILABILITY WI-FI AVAILABILITY
European Flights:
  • N/A

Intercontinental Flights:

  • Films, including Disney movies and Bluey short films
  • TV programmes, including almost three hours of cartoons
  • Audio, including the Frozen soundtrack and nursery rhymes
  • Games, including Bejewelled 2 and Battleship
European Flights:
  • Children aged over two years old will receive a Bluey passport holder and activity book

Intercontinental Flights:

  • Children aged over two years old will receive a Bluey Play Set, containing games, a colouring pack, a crew badge and eye shades
  • N/A
  • The free KLM Movies&more app allows passengers to view the inflight entertainment on their iOS or Android device
  • Available on board Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft and one Boeing 777-300 from £8 (€9.95) for 40MB
  • Children can become a Flying Blue member and earn Miles from two years old
  • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has a dedicated family check-in desk during peak holiday seasons


Monarch Airlines
IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PROVIDED ON IN-SEAT SCREEN ACTIVITY PACK APPS FOR CHILDREN PERSONAL DEVICE STREAMING OPTIONS WI-FI AVAILABILITY WI-FI AVAILABILITY
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • The MPlayer app can be downloaded for free on iOS, Android and Kindle devices

Free Media Bundle:

  • Music, including the Frozen movie soundtrack

TV Media Bundle:

  • Content included within the Free Media Bundle plus TV programmes, including CBBC and Cartoon Network shows, such as Gigglebiz, ZingZillas and Ben 10
  • £1.99 per flight, per device

Ultimate Media Bundle:

  • Content included within the Free and TV Media Bundles plus films, including DreamWorks movies
  • £3.99 per flight, per device
  • N/A
  • N/A


Norwegian Air Shuttle
IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PROVIDED ON IN-SEAT SCREEN ACTIVITY PACK APPS FOR CHILDREN PERSONAL DEVICE STREAMING OPTIONS WI-FI AVAILABILITY WI-FI AVAILABILITY
European Flights:
  • N/A

Most International Long-haul Flights:

  • TV programmes, including Planet Cosmo and Star Wars Rebels
  • Films, including Disney and Pixar movies
  • Games
  • Interactive 3D map with city guides
  • N/A
  • N/A
Most Flights Within Europe:
  • Passengers can access the free WiFi on board and access the airline’s Video On Demand service, which allows streaming of movies, TV shows and live TV news channels on personal devices for £4 (€5)

International Flights:

  • N/A
  • Complimentary on board most flights within Europe and on flights between the US and the Caribbean
  • Not available on board long-haul flights
  • Passengers may charge their device through the USB connector on board


Qantas
IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PROVIDED ON IN-SEAT SCREEN ACTIVITY PACK APPS FOR CHILDREN PERSONAL DEVICE STREAMING OPTIONS WI-FI AVAILABILITY WI-FI AVAILABILITY
  • TV programmes
  • Films, including animation movies
  • Games
  • Parental lock functionality is available on some aircraft
Domestic Flights:
  • A Joey Club entertainment kit is provided for children aged between three to six years old and includes an activity book, colouring pencils and a luggage tag

International Flights:

  • A Joey Club entertainment kit is provided for children aged between three to six years old and includes an activity book, colouring pencils, luggage tag, a guessing game and Mini Joey Club book
  • The Qantas Joey Playbox app for iPad includes four games for children, including a game that allows children to design their own airport
  • Passengers can stream movies, music and TV programmes on an Apple iOS or Android device, via the Qantas Entertainment app

 

  • N/A
  • Joey Club Zones are located at selected Qantas Club airport lounges and are equipped with iMac computers, toys and books
  • Qantas supplies iPads on board all 2 class B717 aircraft and on board selected Airbus A330-200 aircraft


Qatar Airways
IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PROVIDED ON IN-SEAT SCREEN ACTIVITY PACK APPS FOR CHILDREN PERSONAL DEVICE STREAMING OPTIONS WI-FI AVAILABILITY WI-FI AVAILABILITY
  • Films, including animation movies
  • Games, including Jungle Pinball
  • Audio, including Dora’s Greatest Hits
  • TV programmes, including Be Cool Scooby-Doo, The Powerpuff Girls and a dedicated Baby TV channel
  • Dual-screen interfaces are available on board A350, A380 and B787 aircraft, allowing children to multitask
  • Activity kits with crayons, stickers and an activity book
  • Infants will receive a sleep-time Mr. Potato Head soft toy and an interactive eye mask to help encourage positive sleep habits
  • Children on overnight flights will be provided with a glow-in-the-dark Clue Junior entertainment pack
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • Available on board all Airbus A380, A350, B787, A319, and selected A320, A321, and A330-200 aircraft
  • Price plans vary and will be billed by the passenger’s mobile services provider
  • N/A


Ryanair
IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PROVIDED ON IN-SEAT SCREEN ACTIVITY PACK APPS FOR CHILDREN PERSONAL DEVICE STREAMING OPTIONS WI-FI AVAILABILITY WI-FI AVAILABILITY
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A


Thomas Cook
IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PROVIDED ON IN-SEAT SCREEN ACTIVITY PACK APPS FOR CHILDREN PERSONAL DEVICE STREAMING OPTIONS WI-FI AVAILABILITY WI-FI AVAILABILITY
Short-haul Flights:
  • TV programmes including Video Magazines

Long-haul Flights:

  • Films, including Disney Movies
  • TV programmes, including Disney Channel shows and SpongeBob Square Pants
  • Music, including Mozart for Babies and Barbie in Rock ‘n Royals
  • Complimentary for Premium Class passengers
  • Economy Class passengers have a limited selection of content but can gain access to the full library for £5
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A


Thomson Airways
IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PROVIDED ON IN-SEAT SCREEN ACTIVITY PACK APPS FOR CHILDREN PERSONAL DEVICE STREAMING OPTIONS WI-FI AVAILABILITY WI-FI AVAILABILITY
Short-haul Flights:
  • N/A

Long-haul Flights:

  • TV programmes, including Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob Square Pants
  • Films, including Disney movies
  • Games, including Tick Rack Toe and Bejewelled 2
Short-haul Flights:
  • N/A

Long-haul Flights:

  • An activity pack with crayons, puzzles and stickers
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A


Virgin Atlantic
IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PROVIDED ON IN-SEAT SCREEN ACTIVITY PACK APPS FOR CHILDREN PERSONAL DEVICE STREAMING OPTIONS WI-FI AVAILABILITY WI-FI AVAILABILITY
  • Films, including Disney movies
  • TV programmes, including Disney Channel shows, CBBC and CBeebies shows and an Ice Age mini-series
  • Games, including Brain-Fu Tournament, Tetris and Bowling Tournament
  • Parental lock functionality is available on all aircraft apart from A340’s and A300’s
  • KiD backpacks are provided at the airport gate and includea book, eye mask, socks and a colouring pencil
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • Available on board all Boeing 787 aircraft from £4.99 for 40MB
  • On the morning of departure, Virgin Holiday guests in Orlando can check-in at Disney Springs prior to their flight. Their luggage will be transported to the plane and after receiving their boarding passes, guests are welcome to enjoy the park prior to departing Florida. Guests must arrive at the airport at least one hour prior to their flight departure time


WOW air
IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PROVIDED ON IN-SEAT SCREEN ACTIVITY PACK APPS FOR CHILDREN PERSONAL DEVICE STREAMING OPTIONS WI-FI AVAILABILITY WI-FI AVAILABILITY
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • Each seat includes a universal plug for charging devices


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