Heathrow press releases

21 October, 2016

Heathrow predicts today's five year-olds will take over 1,000 flights in their lifetime

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New data released from Heathrow shows a sharp rise of children under five flying through the airport, as our little ones are fast becoming global jet setters.

 

  • New data reveals that the number of youngsters flying through Heathrow is at an all time high, with thousands of under fives taking their first flight in 2016, an increase of 15%* compared to five years ago.
  • The average five-year-old of today is expected to fly over half a million miles during their lifetime, the equivalent of flying to the moon and back*.
  • To mark the news, Heathrow is releasing a short film; Top Tips from Tiny Travellers, a lighthearted guide to travelling through the airport, lead by five and seven year-olds.
  • Passengers travelling through Heathrow, can view the film on the Heathrow Express and the airport’s YouTube channel in the lead up to half term this week.

 

In the lead up to one of its busiest weeks for family travel, Heathrow has revealed the number of under fives taking their first flight has increased by 15%* compared to five years ago, with half a million families expected to travel through the airport this half term.

To celebrate the rise in the UK’s mini jetsetters, Heathrow has launched Top Tips from Tiny Travellers, a lighthearted film designed to help make the experience of the 1.7million travellers who will fly in and out of Heathrow this half term as enjoyable as possible.

The film can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5M8UT4qOMcI

In the short film, a team of seasoned tiny travellers share some of their best airport tips, including making use of the free play areas, navigating security and Personal Shopping, kids-eat-free meals and complimentary pampering before it’s time to fly .

The film comes as the new data reveals the average five-year-old of today is expected to fly over half a million miles* during their lifetime, the equivalent of flying to the moon and back. The top five most visited holiday destinations of these young travellers include America, India, United Arab Emirates, Canada and Italy.

Fiona Carleton, Head of Passenger Experience, said; “It is extremely important to us that each and every passenger who travels through Heathrow has a fantastic experience during their journey. We hope our tiniest travelers help to give passengers a fun insight in how to making the most of their time with us, whether they are seven or 70.”

Watch the Heathrow Tiny Travellers Guide on the Heathrow Airport YouTube channel. Follow the conversation on social using #HeathrowTinyTravellers. 

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*Statistics based on a child of five flying an average of 7,000 miles every year over 70 years and the distance of the moon being 225,623 miles from earth, at it’s closest.

 

Children under the age of 15 travel free on Heathrow Express and adults can save a further £18 by booking a Heathrow Express Duo Saver ticket online which gives two adults a 25% discount when travelling together. Details of the Heathrow Express Duo Saver ticket can be found here. Details of available Kids Eat Free restaurants during half term are available here.

 

Heathrow is the UK’s hub airport, home to more than 80 airlines connecting to more than 180 destinations. Every year Heathrow welcomes over 70 million passengers with a commitment to ‘making every journey better’. Following an investment of more than £11 billion over the past 10 years, passengers have voted Heathrow the ‘Best Airport in Western Europe’ two years in a row, ‘Best Airport Terminal’ for the Terminal 5 five years in a row and ‘Best Airport for Shopping’ seven years in a row. 

Contacts

Nadia Vere
Senior Press Officer