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Airport travel is child’s play for little flyers as Edinburgh unveils brand new soft-play area

06 June 2014

Travelling through Edinburgh Airport with young children has just got a bit easier, thanks to a brand new soft-play area installed in the airport’s departure lounge.

This is the third play area to be installed at the airport since January and is part of a wider project to help transform Edinburgh into Scotland’s most child-friendly airport.

The new area, sponsored by Thomson, is conveniently located between Gates 10 and 11, and gives excited kids the chance to jump around and burn off some energy before boarding their flights – much to parent’s relief who can fully supervise from seating areas around the play zone.

Four-year-old Imogen Dyer, and her brother Lysander, nearly two, from Edinburgh, were the very first children to use the new play zone, having spotted it the minute they walked into the departure lounge.

Their father, Keith, said: "This is a fantastic idea and something which I think a lot of parents will be grateful for when they travel with young children. Both Imogen and Lysander were desperate to have a go in the soft-play area from the minute they saw it."

Fully equipped with slides, mini-climbing wall, tunnel and other fun obstacles, the zone was created in collaboration with SPI Global Play who also created the two additional play areas which were installed in January.

John Watson, Chief Commercial Officer at Edinburgh Airport, said: "We want passengers of all ages to have the best time at Edinburgh Airport. Our free soft-play area allows children to run around and unwind in a safe environment before boarding their flight while their parents can relax and supervise.

"We’re delighted to be working in partnership with our colleagues at Thomson who are sponsoring the new soft-play zone and share our commitment to passenger experience. The investment in our play areas shows that we’re working hard to make sure our smallest passengers and their families have the best start to their trip."

Jeremy Ellis, Marketing Manager for TUI UK and Ireland, said: "We’re delighted to partner with Edinburgh Airport and feel this is a great opportunity for Thomson to showcase our family offering, giving customers a more child-friendly travelling experience at the airport."