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5 Reasons Parents Love Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport is a great airport to travel to or from or even transit through with the kids... and here are five reasons why!

1. Size

Given the choice of airports to transit through, smaller airports like Dublin win hands down. Rather than a sprawling, 5 terminal maze, Dublin airport is small enough to make it very manageable, and big enough to provide top services. The DAA are in-tune with their passenger demographics and are working hard to implement services which allow for a more comfortable transit through the airport.

2. Families First

There is a “family lane” through Departures wide enough to fit a buggy, which allows you and your family a bit of space away from the madness of the security queues. Effectively like your own Fastrack channel, look out for the small signs with a picture of a buggy on them.

3. Free Strollers

The DAA (in conjunction with The Stork Exchange are providing courtesy strollers for passengers to use, which allows parents to check their own pram in, and pick up a stroller once you get through security to use all the way to your gate. (This is currently available in Terminal 1). The strollers are top of the range Maclaren’s, they are suitable from birth, clean and safety checked and ready for you to use.

4. Help is at Hand

Furthermore, the DAA offer concierge services, ideal for those traveling alone with children who need an extra pair of hands to get through the airport. It works both ways – you can be met at the air bridge on arrival, or at Departures and helped with whatever you need. A lot of our Stork Exchange customers would use this service if they are traveling with kids on their own. (FYI, this service is also available for elderly or infirmed who might need help or the use of a wheelchair.) See for details.

5. Play Areas

There are soft play areas in both terminals. Cleverly situated beside cafes / restaurants and toilets, they are very handy for parents to grab a coffee while the kids burn off some energy before or after a flight. In terminal 1 there is a soft play area beside McDonalds (landside, before security) and there is a small selection of toys in the seating area beside Starbucks. In terminal 2 the play area is upstairs, beside Burger King.

For more great travel advice, check out The Stork Exchange, eumom's Travel Experts.

About the Author

I’m Olivia Mai, founder of The Stork Exchange and Mum to two small children. The Stork Exchange is a children's equipment rental service that was born from a dearth of options for parents traveling with infants and small children. It's not easy to travel with kids, much less lug everything with you and speaking from personal experience we found the car seats and cots etc that are provided by many car rental companies or hotels etc are not great quality... so we set up The Stork Exchange!   We offer everything from isofix car seats, holiday 'buggy-in-a-bag', travel cots and highchairs, all quality brands, sanitized and safety-checked before every single hire. Our staff are trained and insured and will install the car seat into your car for you.

We work closely with a number of airlines and car rental companies and have spent several years developing and investing in our product range. I am constantly asked questions by parents about travelling with kids; what equipment to bring, what not to bring, what’s allowed by airlines, what’s not. Being at the airport day in day out means I am pretty close to it all and as a result have built up loads of knowledge, tips and nuggets of practical and useful information I'm happy to share. We also learn from the experiences of other Mums and Dads. It’s genuinely great to be able to help make the journey and holiday a bit easier for parents. 

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