Picking up a friend or loved one from the airport is the perfect opportunity to show them how much you care and how excited you are to see them. There’s something so special about that cinematic moment when a traveller walks through the sliding doors into the Arrivals area and sees a welcome party waiting just for them. If you’re looking to make somebody’s day when you pick them up from the airport, try one (or more) of these creative ideas for an unforgettable welcome.
Make a sign
There’s always a small crowd of people waiting to welcome their loved ones at the gate, so if you want to stand out from the crowd, you’ll need something eye-catching like a giant sign to hold over your head. The bigger, brighter, and more colourful the better, and don’t be afraid to have fun with your wording. While something like “welcome to Sydney” or “welcome home” is always a favourite, including a personal joke, nickname, or pun is a great way to get your weary traveller laughing before you’ve even said a word.
While aeroplane food has come a long way over the past 20 years, there’s nothing quite like sinking your teeth into some freshly cooked food after a long flight. If you know your friend or loved one generally has a big appetite after a flight, bring their favourite home-cooked meal, takeaway food, or sweet snack. Not only is this a special touch and a great way to show how much you care, but it can also help to perk up a tired traveller after a long journey.
If you’re feeling particularly brave, why not go the extra mile to stand out from the crowd at Arrivals by dressing up in fancy dress? If you’re welcoming a visitor from overseas, a silly Australian costume like a giant kangaroo or crocodile is a hilarious option. If you’re welcoming somebody home, you could opt for formalwear or you could even dress up as a character from their favourite movie.
Bring a surprise guest
Walking through Arrivals to find your loved ones waiting for you is always an emotional moment. One way to make the experience even more special is to bring somebody they were not expecting to see at the airport. Round up as many special people as you can to show how much this person’s arrival means to you all and wait to see the shock and joy on their faces as they realise how many people have made the effort to come to greet them.
Save money on parking
If you’re planning to meet somebody at Arrivals, you’ll need to make arrangements to park your car for a significant period of time (we all know flights can often take longer to land and disembark than we might expect). While Sydney Airport has Express Pick-Up and Priority parking options, if you end up staying a couple of hours or more, the prices can skyrocket. Park on King is located just a five-minute drive from Sydney Airport, with an on-demand shuttle between the car parking facility and the terminals. Parking your car at Park on King will give you peace of mind that you’re not racing against the clock to get back to your car, while also offering you a smooth and convenient journey back home. Use our online booking tool to check our pricing – you’ll be surprised how much you might save.