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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.

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About the Author

I’m Olivia Mai, founder of The Stork Exchange and Mum to two small children. My third baby is the one I leave at home when I go on holidays, it’s called The Stork Exchange and it’s my little business. It is a children's equipment hire service that offers everything from child car seats, prams, buggies, cots and highchairs, to monitors, booster seats, buggy boards and pram bags. I started The Stork Exchange with my husband four years ago after a bad experience on holidays abroad with my kids. Fast forward four years and we now have two shops, one at Dublin Airport and one in Shannon. We work closely with a number of airlines and car rental companies and have spent three years developing our product range. That’s a lot of products to trail -- safety, durability and ease of use are top priorities. I constantly get 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 info about the do’s and don’t of travelling with children. I also learn from the experience of other Mums and Dads. It’s great to be able to share this advice to help make the journey and holiday a bit smoother and easier for other parents. Want to get in touch? Email me at or call 087 255 8702 Check out my website and social channels at the icons above.


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