Since the new regulations were brought into force regarding traveling in your car with children, getting to and from Manchester Airport or any airport for that matter has become a huge problem for families. To find a reputable taxi company with suitable car seats for each of your children can be harder than finding your holiday in the first place. So how can you get your children to and from Manchester Airport safely and legally, without breaking the bank?
Regulations state that from September 2006 children who are passengers in cars, vans or goods vehicles need to use some form of child restraint. A child under the age of three must use a suitable restraint. From your childrens' third birthday up until they reach a height of 135cm or reach their 12th birthday must also use the correct restraint. Reading the above you can pretty much see that from birth up until the age of twelve some form of child restraint needs to be used when traveling with a child.
Anybody who has tried, knows that getting to and from Manchester Airport with your children in suitable and safe transport can be a nightmare, not to mention expensive. Peoples first thoughts will turn to local taxi companies for a solution. I suppose this is one way to tackle the issue, but from personal experience is not the most reliable. Imagine booking a taxi and asking for child restraints for a five year old and a one year old. By law depending on the size of your children these restraints will be two different types of car seat. If you are lucky enough to find a taxi company that holds more than one type of car seat you are still leaving it to chance that when the driver is dispatched he or she brings the correct seats with them.
Its up to you if you wish to gamble with your childrens' safety or not but I am guessing that most of you would not want leave this to chance and would rather a better solution. Before offering the solution lets consider the other downside of traveling with children. If you are flying out of Manchester Airport and have to be there to check in at 04:00 the last thing you want is to be waiting round for taxis and having to keep your tired and grouchy children awake so you can squeeze them into an unfamiliar child seat. Sound familiar? Well fear not.
Meet and greet airport parking is a much safer and a more family friendly solution for travelling with your children to and from Manchester Airport. With meet and greet parking the worry of, is this correct car restraint is eliminated. You as the customer travel to the airport in your own vehicle at a time to suit you and your family. No waiting round for taxi companies to turn up, or worrying whether or not they will have the correct restraints with them. By booking meet and greet parking you have your child or children, in their own approved car restraints that they are used to, and hopefully comfortable in. To any parent reading this article will know that this in itself can be a godsend, as will cause less disruption for the child thus resulting in a smoother transfer and hopefully pain free check in once inside the airport.
You may be saying to yourself that this must be expensive? Depending on your location to Manchester Airport, meet and greet airport parking can be very reasonable and with prices coming down everyday can, in most cases work out cheaper than a taxi journey.
You cannot put a price on your childrens' safety so even if it is does work out slightly more expensive than a taxi ride I am sure you will agree its worth the extra few pennies.