As families get ready for the Easter escape, lengthy airport delays, long waits at the baggage carousel and rude passengers top the list of parents’ biggest bug-bears when travelling abroad with kids, new research reveals today.
 
For just over two million families, the sheer hassle of getting to their destination is enough to put them off holidaying aboard with their children completely, according to the new report by leading car hire broker Holiday Autos.
 
The Holiday Autos ‘Travelling with Tots’ study shows three in five parents (61%) get frazzled by long queues, while a third (33%) hate hanging around at the baggage carousel for buggies to finally arrive.  Over a quarter (26%) resent being stung for extra charges levied by airlines to take items like car seats with them and nearly one in five (18%) begrudge the lack of space to change nappies on the plane.
 
The report reveals that one of parents’ biggest worries is the availability of suitable car seats when they eventually reach their destination and jump in the hire car to their hotel.
 
With one in ten families saying they’ve been let down on car seats by car hire firms in the past, Holiday Autos is calling for better practice across the industry so parents have one less thing to worry about this Easter.  The car hire broker is working with its suppliers to ensure that suitable child seats are readily available when parents arrive at the destination.
 
In addition to putting off flying abroad to avoid the hassle of car seats, over one in six (17%) opt to drive to foreign destinations rather than take a risk on borrowing unfamiliar baby seats.  Over a quarter admit to lugging their car seats with them on the plane, often at a cost of £20 a piece, to ensure total peace of mind.