Edinburgh unveils new soft-play area for young flyers

Little flyers and passengers travelling with young children through Edinburgh Airport can now benefit from a new soft-play area installed in the airport’s departure lounge, the airport has said.

Part of a plan to transform Edinburgh into Scotland’s most child-friendly airport, the new children’s play area is the third such area to be installed at the airport since January.

Sponsored by Thomson and located between Gates 10 and 11, the new play area offers young kids plenty of pre-flight fun, keeping them entertained and exercised during their stay at the airport. There are seating areas nearby for parents to enable them to fully supervise the children.

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.’

Edinburgh’s Imogen Dyer, a four-year-old and her brother Lysander, nearly two, were the first children to use the new play zone, spotting it immediately as they entered 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.’

The new children’s zone features slides, a mini-climbing wall, and a tunnel, and was created in collaboration with SPI Global Play – a European indoor play area manufacturer that also created the two play areas installed in January.