UK airports need to step up their assistance for those with autism

  • 13 Aug, 2015
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UK airports need to step up their assistance for those with autism

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Over 80% of parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder responded that the airport experience is a particularly daunting one in a recent survey conducted by Airport Parking Shop. Children with autism are likely to find airports very problematic, which is unsurprising given that it is a scenario far removed from everyday life. Queuing, security, announcements, crowds and more can all combine to make it a pretty overwhelming experience for anyone with ASD, but in particular children.

We asked parents of children with ASD to give us some insights into the particular issues that they face when taking a child through the airport, some of their tips to get through it, and what they think airports should be doing to help make this journey easier for them. Read More

Have breasts, will travel – less than 40% of airports confirm breastfeeding facilities

  • 27 Jan, 2015
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Have breasts, will travel – less than 40% of airports confirm breastfeeding facilities

Young mother breast feeding her baby at home

It’s 2015. It’s the year that Back to the Future suggested we would have hoverboards and flying cars. This may not be the case, but it’s certainly about time airports came into the 21st century, and we headed to Twitter to find out if that was the case.

Firstly, we wanted to check out if UK and Ireland airports were loud and proud tweeters, or simply the begrudging “we tweet because we have to” kind of crowd. Secondly, we didn’t just want to ask them some benign question that no one cares about, we wanted to ask them something that really mattered. Something that is not obvious from a quick trip to their website.

So we asked 28 UK and Irish airports via Twitter:

“Do you have dedicated mother and baby rooms for nursing mums?”

The results, needless to say, were very interesting. Take a look at our summary of airport facilities according to their responses, and discover exactly what we found out. Read More

Top 10 Christmas stunts pulled by airports

  • 22 Dec, 2014
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Top 10 Christmas stunts pulled by airports

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Everyone’s getting into the festive spirit this year, and airports and airlines around the world do not want to be left out. Snuggle up in your favourite Christmas jumper, grab a mince pie and settle in to experience some of the best Christmas themed events at airports! You might want to grab a box of tissues too, if you happen to be prone to the waterworks!

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First up, we couldn’t launch into this list any other way than mentioning the video that, in my opinion, started it all: Canadian airline WestJet’s Christmas Miracle.

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Not to be outdone, Copenhagen Airport stepped in with their own Christmas surprise, sending presents cascading down the Baggage Carousel…

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Great reasons to fly from Shannon and Dublin Airports

  • 14 Nov, 2014
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Great reasons to fly from Shannon and Dublin Airports

Airport in Dublin
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Irish airports Shannon and Dublin are both facing big increases in traffic next year, with Ryanair wanting to increase passengers through Shannon by 18% for next Summer as well as increasing the destinations that you can fly to. It’s also exciting news for Aer Lingus who have acquired the use of an Airbus A330-200 from May 2015, which will enable new routes as well as a greater frequency of trips for some popular routes such as Dublin to Orlando.

With such great things happening for these Irish airports, it’s about time that we welcomed Dublin Airport and Shannon Airport to the Airport Parking Shop family! These are the first Irish airports to make it onto our growing list of airports and we are really excited about it! Now it will be even easier to save money on your parking.

Now that you’ve got the parking sorted, the most important question is: where to?!

The mornings are frosty, the evenings are drawing in, shorts and t-shirts have been consigned to the wardrobe for another year… well, not quite yet! Flying from Dublin with Ryanair, in just 3 hours you can arrive in the popular Winter sun destination of Faro, Portugal, so you can really escape the plummeting temperatures.

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