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      Information on all air travel with kids. Including flying with children, flying with a baby and flying with an infant.

      Air travel with kids

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      Worried about flying with children? Buy flights with Alternative Airlines and we'll make it stress-free. This page breaks down the different things that airlines can offer for passengers flying with children, including infants and babies. When booking your ticket, if you have any special requests or any other queries on air travel with kids, please contact Alternative Airlines and we will contact the airline for you.


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      On long-haul flights, most airlines offer in-flight entertainment with a dedicated children's section, which will include a selection of games and children's tv shows and films. The majority of airlines have in-flight menus that cater to children, although you may need to contact the airline in advance to order your kids' meal in advance. 


      Child Ticket Age and Price

      Most airlines count any person between the ages of 2—11 as a child. You're required to purchase a seat for children, although in most cases they're considerably cheaper than the price of an adult ticket (between 25—33% cheaper). Some airlines offer tickets for young adults, which are usually for passengers aged between 12—16.



      Can I bring a pushchair or buggy on my flight?

      Yes. Most airlines allow for passengers to bring at least one pushchair or buggy onto their flight, free of charge. However, the pushchair or buggy must fit within the maximum weight and dimensions that the airline state.

      Can I book a flight for an unaccompanied child?

      Only some airlines allow you to book flights for unaccompanied children. Please give us a call if you want to book a flight for an unaccompanied child.

      What are the in-flight entertainment options for my child?

      All airlines appreciate that children can get bored on long-haul flights. That's why they offer in-flight entertainment options specifically for children. These include a number of kids tv shows and films, as well as kid-friendly games.

      What if there are no available seats together with my child?

      Unfortunately, on the rare occasion that there are no available seats together with your child, there's nothing the airline can do. You'll either have to sit apart from your child or look for another flight. With airlines who offer it, we highly recommend paying the extra fee to select your seats when you buy your plane tickets to avoid disappointment. Find out how to pre-book your seat with Alternative Airlines.

      What age is a child ticket?

      The age range for a child ticket can differ from airline to airline, so it's best to check with us or the airline itself. Most airlines class a child ticket as between the ages of 2—11. However, others will class anyone under the age of 16 as a child. Some airlines, such as Virgin Atlantic, offer young adult tickets, which range between the ages of 12—15.

      How much does a child ticket cost?

      The price of a child ticket will differ from airline to airline. Some airlines offer discounted prices for children, whereas others have a flat fare for adults and children. On average, discounted airline tickets for children are around 25—33% cheaper than adult tickets.

      Are there kids options on the in-flight menu?

      Yes. Most airlines will offer food for children on their in-flight menus. Many airlines will require you to book your child's food separately from your own at least 24 hours in advance from the day of your flight.

      What are the best airlines for flying with kids?

      There are many factors which can make an airline more suitable for families, such as priority boarding and food and entertainment options. See our page on the best airlines for families here.


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      Some people avoid flying with a baby because they believe it's a lot to think about. But with almost every airline in the world offering services and support for those taking their baby away with them, it's much easier than you might think.


      Baby Infant Ticket Age

      The age that your baby can fly from will depend on the airline that you're flying on. Some airlines will only let babies fly if they're two weeks or older, whereas others will allow babies to fly from as young as two days old. If your baby is under two weeks old, you might be required to provide a letter from you GP stating that they're safe to fly.

      Baby Ticket Price

      Babies or infants fly free with almost every airline. Airlines allow passengers who are flying with a baby to sit on their lap during the flight, with some also giving the option to purchase a seat with a special seat restraint. Most airlines allow passengers to bring their own cot, pushchair or buggy onto the plane and also supply cots that are specifically designed to fit within the seating area within the aircraft.


      Breastfeeding on a Plane

      If you need reassurance and guidance about how to breastfeed on a plane, have a look at our top tips for breastfeeding whilst travelling. It also includes information about various airline policies.


      What happens if I'm expecting a baby before I fly?

      If you've bought a flight and are expecting to have a baby before you fly please contact us and we can let the airline know. You won't need to buy a ticket for your baby, as almost every airline doesn't require babies and infants to purchase a ticket. However, you will need to let the airline know so that are aware and can provide you with the correct assistance. 



      Can I bring a cot, pushchair, or buggy on my flight?

      Yes. Most airlines allow for passengers to bring at least one cot, pushchair or buggy onto their flight, free of charge. Some airlines will also supply specially designed travel cots that your baby or infant can sleep in. However, these are usually only provided on long-haul flights. If you're bringing your own cot, pushchair or buggy, please make sure that they fit within the maximum weight and dimensions that the airline state.

      Can I bring baby milk on my flight?

      Yes. You can bring baby milk on your flight. Most liquids that are over 100ml/3.4oz are not allowed in your carry-on baggage, however, for baby milk and milk formula, passengers are allowed to bring enough to feed your baby for the duration of the flight, even if it exceeds the 100ml/3.4oz limit. Please be aware that baby milk and formula must be removed from your bag and screened separately. FInd out more about which items are allowed on carry-on baggage in our prohibited items blog, or read our guide to bringing food on a plane.

      How will I warm up my baby milk?

      Cabin crew will be more than happy to warm up your baby milk for you. Don't hesistate to ask!

      What is the difference between a baby and an infant?

      There is no difference between a baby and an infant. Different airlines use different terminology. For the majority of airlines, any child under two years of age class as a baby or an infant. 

      Do I need to buy a plane ticket for my baby?

      Passengers flying with an infant only need to buy a plane ticket for themselves. Your baby or infant is allowed to sit on your lap for the duration of the flight and many airlines allow you to bring a pushchair, buggy or cot onto the flight. If you don't want your infant to sit on your lap, some airlines will allow you to buy a separate plane ticket for your infant with a special child restraint.

      Do I need to inform the airline that I'm flying with a baby?

      Yes. You should inform the airline that you're flying with an infant at the time of booking your ticket. Please give Alternative Airlines a call and we'll happily inform the airline for you. 

      Can I bring my infant in a car seat for the flight?

      Most airlines will allow you to carry your infant in an airline approved car seat. Car seats must fit within the maximum weight and dimensions that the airline state and must be forward facing.

      Where can I change my baby on my flight?

      There are baby changing tables in the toilets on every aircraft that you'll be able to change and dress your baby on. 

      Tips For
      Flying with children

      Here are some tips that will make any parent's journey that much easier.

      Be prepared

      It might seem obvious, but the importance of preparing for flights with children can't be overstated. Pack extra clothes and wet wipes. There's nothing worse than a messy child and nothing to clean them up with.


      Bring a selection of toys and books. Flights can be long, and although most airlines offer fantastic in-flight entertainment for kids, keeping your child occupied with a variety of toys or books will make the time go much quicker for them.

      Ask for help

      Don't be afraid to ask for help. Cabin crew and ground staff will be more than happy to help you carry baggage and with anything else you need.

      Child Free Flights

      Flying without children and want peace and quiet? Take a look at our page on child free flights and find out which airlines offer child free zones

      Flying with Children News


      May 2019

      Travelling as an Unaccompanied minor to and from Namibia

      In May 2019, in order to negate the threat of child trafficking, the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration in Namibia changed the laws of travelling as a child. For more information, see our Air Namibia page if you're a parent/guardian travelling with a child.

      From May 2019, all unaccompanied minors will need to provide a number of documents in order to be allowed to travel. These documents include:

      1. Proof of consent for a parent or legal guardian, which can be in the form of a letter or affidavit.

      2. A letter from the person who is will be collecting and accommodating the child. This letter must include the address of where the child will be staying along with details on how to contact this address.

      3. A copy of ID or a valid passport and visa/permanent residence permit of the person who will be collecting and accommodating the child.

      4. Contact details of the parent(s) or the legal guardian(s) of the child