London’s Gatwick Airport, the second busiest airport for London after Heathrow, introduced free baby-strollers/pushchairs for use in the airport in early 2014.
The ‘Arrivals Pushchair’ initiative will enable arriving passengers to use airport-provided strollers until they reach the baggage-claim areas.
The airport has stationed 100 baby-strollers for use by arriving passengers at its North and South terminals. Parents can borrow a stroller upon disembarking from the aircraft and use it until they are able to pick up their own stroller from the baggage carousel.
The borrowed strollers can then be left at a designated drop-off point.
Other family-friendly amenities at Gatwick airport include special assistance security lanes for both departing and arriving families with kids, free kids zones (play areas) in both the North and South terminals, and specially equipped rooms for feeding and changing babies. The special rooms are indicated by either a bottle sign or a babycare symbol.
Gatwick Airport’s free strollers have limited use – for arriving passengers only and only until the baggage claim areas – when compared to the free strollers provided for in-airport use at Frankfurt Airport.
Nonetheless, the availability of strollers will be quite a help to travelers with small children as they hike through the airport.