Seating and baggage allowances for infants

There's a lot to think about when travelling with an infant and the different rules of each airline can become confusing. We've gathered together the seating and baggage regulations of some of the UK's major airlines to help make your travels with a young child a little bit easier.

British Airways

Seating:
  • Children over the age of 48 hours and under the age of two years can sit on the lap of a parent/guardian for free, using an extension seat belt
  • Carrycots can be used for infants up to two years old, weighing no more than 13kg (29lbs). Seats with carrycots can be booked free of charge, but are worth securing well in advance
  • Additional child seats are available on all long haul flight

Baggage:
  • Children have the same baggage allowance as adults (one free checked baggage, one free hold baggage)
  • One fully-collapsible pushchair and one car seat are also permitted free of charge

Easyjet

Seating:
  • Children from the age of 15 days to two years can sit on the lap of a parent or guardian for a fixed fee of £20, using an extension seat belt
  • You can bring a car seat on board, but this will require a separate seat booked for the infant
  • Each adult can only accompany one infant under the age of two, therefore two infants must be accompanied by at least two adults

Baggage:
  • Children over the age of two years or with their own seat have the same baggage allowance as adults (one hand baggage without weight limit) with a charge for hold baggage
  • Children sitting on an adult's lap don't qualify for free hand baggage
  • Infants and young children are permitted up to two of the following items free of charge: collapsible pushchair, baby buggy, travel cot and car seat

FlyBe

Seating:
  • Children between seven days and two years old are charged 12% of the adult fare, although this may differ on promotional fares
  • Children under the age of two years are permitted to sit on the lap of a parent/guardian with an extension seat belt
  • Each adult can only accompany one infant under the age of two, therefore two infants must be accompanied by at least two adults

Baggage:
  • Infants do not receive a baggage allowance
  • Two pieces of the following are allowed on board free of charge: pushchair, pram, travel seat or car seat

Ryanair

Seating:
  • Children aged eight days to 23 months must sit on the lap of the parent/guardian with an infant seat belt provided for a fee of £20
  • Extra seats cannot be purchased for infants
  • Each adult can only accompany one infant under the age of two, therefore two infants must be accompanied by at least two adults
  • Car seats are not permitted on board

Baggage:
  • There is no checked or cabin baggage allowance for infants, although one pushchair per child is carried free of charge, but will need tagging for travel at the Airport Bag Drop Desk
  • Other equipment such as car seats, booster seats and travel cots are charged a fee of £10 per item, per one way flight

Thomson

Seating:
  • Infants between 14 days and two years must travel on a parent/guardian's lap with an extension seat belt for take-off and landing. If there is an empty seat, the infant may sit in it during the flights
  • Each adult can only accompany one infant under the age of two, therefore two infants must be accompanied by at least two adults
  • If required, seats can be booked for an infant under two years, but this will be charged at full cost and requires the use of a purpose-designed car safety seat

Baggage:
  • Infants under the age of two have an individual luggage allowance of 10kg
  • Folding pushchairs are permitted on board free of charge

Virgin Atlantic

Seating:
  • Children under two years old are usually charged 10% of an adult fare plus taxes, even if the infant will be on the lap of a parent/guardian for the flight
  • In-flight cots, which can be installed after take-off, are offered to infants free of charge although they will need to be secured on the lap of a parent/guardian for take-off, landing and any periods of turbulence
  • Child seats are available for new born babies up to children weighing 20kg or measuring 100cm
  • Each adult can only accompany one infant under the age of two, therefore two infants must be accompanied by at least two adults

Baggage:
  • Infants and young children are permitted to bring either a fully collapsible pushchair or a car seat, in addition to the free checked baggage allowance


Correct as of October 2012



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