Cork Airport

Travelling With Children At Cork Airport

Travelling with young children can be stressful at the best of times, which is why we've listed all the below travel tips and services available at Cork Airport that are designed to help get your family trip off to great start.

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Be prepared 

Your hands will be full when travelling with children so before you start out on your journey, make sure:

  • You carry all your travel documents in one easily reached place.
  • Make sure your hand baggage meets security requirements before you leave home and work out whether you need to take buggies to the aircraft or check them in 
  • Remember to keep everything that your baby needs on the flight in your carry-on luggage, ensuring that it is always to hand, bearing in mind the EU Aviation Security Regulations.

Below you'll find a list of tips and services, click the heading to expand and get more information on the topic.

  • All carry-on baggage, including children's bags and items, must go through the x-ray machine. Examples include: baby changing bags, blankets, toys and formula.
  • All child-related equipment that will fit through the x-ray machine must be screened this includes prams, buggies, baby carriers, car and booster seats.
  • When you arrive at the screening point, collapse or fold your buggy/pram and place on the x-ray belt for inspection.
  • Items that are in the pockets, baskets, or trays attached to the prams/buggy must be removed and placed on the x-ray belt separately for inspection.
  • If any of this equipment does not fit through the x-ray machine, security officers will visually and physically inspect it.
  • Medications, baby formula, milk are allowed if essential for use during the trip .

  • Every person is subject to security screening, regardless of age (even babies). Everyone must proceed through the metal detector.
  • Remove babies and children from their prams/buggy or infant carriers so that all equipment is put through the x-ray machine.
  • If your child can walk without your assistance, we recommend that you and your child walk through the metal detector separately.
  • You may carry the infant through the metal detector yourself.
  • Metal detectors are considered safe for everyone, including pregnant women. The handheld wands that are sometimes passed over individual passengers are also safe. However, if you would feel happier with a hand search please notify the Airport Security Unit official prior to walking through the metal detector as this can be arranged.

  • You may be familiar with Cork Airport but it will take you longer to get around the airport if you are travelling with children, so leave plenty of time to allow for this.
  • Take time in advance to familiarise yourself with the location of facilities in the terminal and car parks.

Baby changing facilities are available throughout the Terminal normally located beside the toilet facilities or in the disabled toilet.

There is a play are for children located in Departures adjacent to AMT Coffee. There are also a number of amusement rides for children located throughout the terminal both airside (Before Passenger Screening) and in Departures.

Most restaurants and Cafés at Cork Airport have a kids menu or food and drinks suitable for children. Food Republic, located in Departures has a great kids menu throughout the day and plentiful high chairs if required.

OCS provide special assistance to Passengers at Cork Airport. You can find out more about these services here.

There are also a number of services and travel tips available for parents who are travelling with children with Autism. You can find out more about these services here.