Where to stay
It’s never pleasant to be driving down the motorway at a ridiculous hour to catch your 4am flight. An alternative to driving so early is to book a room in a hotel close by to the airport.
Airports such as Heathrow have a Premier Inn minutes away from them. And with 590 soundproof bedrooms available, you’ll be able to enjoy a soundless sleep.
But if you’re looking for something a bit fancier, you could splash out at the Hilton, which is only six minutes away from Terminal four.
Buying a pre-paid parking space will make car parking a lot easier for you. Alternatively, there are services throughout the UK that park your cars for you.
Valet parking services will arrange for your car to be picked up from the departure area and take it to a safely secured car park, so your car will be in safe hands whilst you’re abroad.
Alternatively, if you would prefer to travel by taxi, some companies specify in airport transport, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Keep your luggage safe
Do you need a place to store your luggage but aren’t sure of what facilities are provided for you?
Many airports have a “left luggage” office where you’re able to keep luggage. There is a daily fee and some airports allow you to leave your luggage for up to 90 days.
Travelling with children
Some airports, such as Heathrow, have a family room where children can be entertained with television shows such as Bob the Builder. In addition to this, you can relax in the lounge with a complimentary cuisine or take advantage of the free Wi-Fi available. The lounge costs £30 per adult and £15 per child, with reservations being booked in advance.
Requesting special assistance
If you are disabled or experience mobility difficulties, you may require special assistance. You need to inform the airport 48 hours before your flight. In addition to this, notifying them of any mobility devices needed is a good idea.
Guide dogs are allowed in the airport if they are registered with the Pet Travel Scheme.
Travelling with a pet
Under the Pet Travel Scheme, cats and dogs are allowed to travel if arrangements have been made prior to your journey.
Most airlines are able to offer two options:
- Accompanied baggage – If your pet is in a suitable container, they can travel in the baggage area.
- Air cargo – you can arrange for your pet to travel air cargo without having to take the journey yourself.