APH compares child friendly airlines

Young Boy and Girl Sit on a Plane, Talking to a Senior Couple Behind Them

From check-in to on-board meals APH rounds up which are the most child friendly airlines in a handy table. Considering the cost of those pesky excess baggage charges it’s heartening to see that a number of airlines will let you take your pushchair onto the aeroplane as hand luggage free of charge. British Airways wins our child friendly award with their selection of age appropriate children’s entertainment packs. Some British Airways flights to the UK even provide access to Disney films and Cartoon Network so you can relax whilst they remain entertained.

BMI


Babies/Infant Categorisation

Babies may not travel within the first seven days after
birth.Infant is up to 2 years.Child from 2 – 12 years old.


Family Check in Availability

Early check-in available for families (up to 3 hours
before flight).Priority boarding for families.


Airport Amenities

Pushchair, prams and buggies can be taken to plane and
then put in holding.


Discounts/Prices

Child prices available


Child Baggage Allowance

Pushchairs can be taken on plane but must be checked in.

Baby milk may be taken in hand luggage.


Seats and Carrycots

Bassinets available for infants up to 72cm (10kg) in premium economy and economy class


Changing Facilities

On-board changing facilities and limited supplies of nappies, talc and lotion.


Meals

Children’s meals available.

Baby milk and liquid baby food can be taken on board – must be tested by accompanying passenger.

On-board baby warming bottle facility.


Entertainment

Kiddie’s packs suitable for ages 4-8 and 9-12. Including colouring book and puzzles.Dedicated children family audio and video selection.Over 30 Nintendo games and PC games.

Children under 3 years receive a teddy bear onboard the plane


British Airways


Babies/Infant Categorisation

Youngest age an infant can travel is 48 hours.

Infants are those under 2 years old at the time of travel.

Children are those over 2 years old at time of travel.


Family Check in Availability

Print off children boarding passes at home and check-in the
entire family at home.


Airport Amenities

Take your small folding type buggy right to the aircraft
door.

Families board before other passengers.


Discounts/Prices

Infant fare is 10% of adult fare when sitting on adults lap.


Child Baggage Allowance

Same as adult allowance when a child fare is purchased.


Seats and Carrycots

Specially designed carrycots can be supplied for infants and babies from six months to two years.Can purchase a child’s fare which allows use of car seat (infant must be between six-23 months of age).

Limited number of Britax Seats available.

Parents can take their own seats onboard.


Changing Facilities

Baby changing facilities are available on board.


Meals

Infants

On board bottle warmer and baby-food warming facilities
(only take un-opened food in a sealed jar).

Pureed food available for babies.

Do not carry infant meals or baby milk.

Children

When travelling over 1 hour can pre-order children’s
meals. Includes chicken nuggets, soft drink, fruit.

‘Kids feed first’ policy allows parents to enjoy their
meal

Pre-order a complimentary ‘kids meal’.


Entertainment

Skyflyers activity books available on all flights over 170
minutes. Includes following:Flights from the UK:3-5 years:

Blue nylon rucksack, going on a plane story book,
trembling aircraft toy, wristband aircraft, activity book and crayons,
stickers

6-12 years

White plastic rucksack, electronic game, reading book,
notebook and pen, folding binoculars.

Flights to UK:

3-5 years

Top Trump safari animals, white and wipe magic board,
colouring book and crayons.

6-12 years

Top trumps and simpson’s themed games, magazine with
activities and pen.

On screen entertainment from Disney to Cartoon Network,
family blockbuster movies. There is also a parental lock to enable you to
block viewing of unsuitable material.

Dedicated pop audio channel. Headsets free of charge.

Selection of games which are played using handheld games
console.


Easy Jet


Babies/Infant Categorisation

Infants under 2 weeks of age are not allowed to travel


Family Check in Availability

Families can check-in online


Airport Amenities

Free seating policy but passengers travelling with young
children board first.

Passengers have to pay £2 for priority boarding. Only applicable to first 60 bookings


Discounts/Prices

No discount available – children over 2 years old must pay
same fare as adults


Child Baggage Allowance

Infants who share a seat do not have a baggage allowance.


Seats and Carrycots

Car seats for infant passengers can be taken on board for any child under 6 months.Must not be wider than 42cm.If an adult is travelling with more than one infant under 2 years (but no less than 6 months) one infant may sit on the adult’s lap.

Children over 2 years must occupy their own seat.


Changing Facilities

Baby changing facilities are available on board.


Meals

Passengers may purchase food from the in-flight EasyKiosk.

e.g.: A Snack Pack includes mini cheese biscuits, pate, Vache Qui Rit Cheese, 2 packs for crackers, mini Kit-Kat Chunky.

Costs: £2.50.


Entertainment

No inflight entertainment for children


Excel Airways


Babies/Infant Categorisation

Babies and Infants must be over two weeks of age


Family Check in Availability

Passengers must check-in at least 2.5 hours prior to
departure.
Can pre-book group seating on all flights, £17 per adult, £9 per child.
Customers can check in the day before


Airport Amenities

Pushchair, prams and buggies can be taken on flight for
free.Families board first


Discounts/Prices

For a seven or 14 night ticket only, children will have a
discount of £20 less than the adult fare


Child Baggage Allowance

Infants have a 5kg luggage allowance


Seats and Carrycots

Travel cots and car seats can be taken on for free.

Sky cots are available on long haul flights – only infants under 6 months and are charged at £10 on return.

Car seats are acceptable for infants between ages of 6 – 36 months providing seat is purchased for the infant.

Seats can be pre-booked on the website for an extra £17 (£9 for children under 12) on long-haul flights up until 12pm three days before the flight departs.


Changing Facilities

Small amount of nappies for carriage in the aircraft.

Nappy changing facilities available.


Meals

Meals not available but can warm up baby food.

Children’s meals are available but must be pre-booked


Entertainment

Various cartoon channels


First Choice


Babies/Infant Categorisation

Baby has to be older than 14 days on day of travel.

Child is over 2 years old.


Family Check in Availability

Seat numbers are allocated at check-in


Airport Amenities

Pushchair, prams and buggies can be taken on flight for
free.Families board first.


Discounts/Prices

Child prices available


Child Baggage Allowance

Infants under the age of two on the date of their return
flight have no allowance


Seats and Carrycots

Carrycots may be taken on but a seat must be paid for.


Changing Facilities

Small facilities available in the toilets.


Meals

Pre-book kids meal designed for kids aged between 4-11 including hot meal and challenging game.On return flight the meal is served in a lunchbox that can be taken home and used again.Just before landing there is another special snack box.

Children’s meals cost £10.


Entertainment

Skytime entertainment channels.

Funzine activity book

Personal TV screen

Dedicated kids’ channel

Blockbuster movies, cartoons and games.


RyanAir


Babies/Infant Categorisation

Newly born infants (up to 7 days) are not accepted.

Infants are those aged 8 days to 23 month.


Family Check in Availability

Passengers travelling with infants do not qualify for online check-in – this can be purchased for £2 per passenger per one way flight.


Airport Amenities

Buggies can be used up to the entrance to the plane. After
landing your buggy will be available at the aircraft steps.

Families board before other passengers.

Passengers have to pay £2 for priority boarding


Discounts/Prices

Infants under the age of 2 on date of travel may fly for
an administration fee per one way flight (must sit on adult’s lap).Infant fee is an additional £7.00


Child Baggage Allowance

One small piece of hand baggage (prams and buggies can be taken on board).


Seats and Carrycots

Infants can be included on the parent’s seat booking.

Extra seats can not be booked for infants.

No baby seats or car seats are allowed in the cabin of the aircraft.

Infant seatbelts are provided on all Ryanair aircraft.


Changing Facilities

Baby changing facilities are available on board.


Meals

Baby food/milk can be heated by the crew.

All meals/snacks must be purchased on board.

Passengers can take food on board.


Entertainment

No inflight entertainment for children.


Thomas Cook


Babies/Infants Categorisation

Infant under 2 years.

Child over 2 years.


Family Check in Availability

Online check-in is not available.

Priority check-in is available at £15 per adult and £5 per
child which means you can board first.

Customers can check-in the day before


Airport Amenities

Pushchairs can be taken to the plane but not taken on
board.

Pushchairs are put in hold free of charge


Discounts/Prices

Child prices available


Child Baggage Allowance

Same as adult for children under two


Seats and Carrycots

Carrycots and child seats can not be taken on board.


Changing Facilities

Small facilities available in the toilets


Meals

Children meals available at £3.50 per child, per flight.


Entertainment

Children’s activity packs


ThomsonFly


Babies/Infant Categorisation

Infant must be aged less than 24 months but older than 7
days on day of travel.A child is aged over 2.


Family Check in Availability

Check-in is first come, first served basis.
Seats together can be confirmed at a cost of £5 per passenger


Airport Amenities

Pushchairs and car seats are not allowed in the cabin.

Customers can take pushchairs to the gate and then it will
be put in hold (free of charge).


Discounts/Prices

Charges for infants vary depending on the
route and length of flight and will be detailed in the booking process


Child Baggage Allowance

Infants are not allocated their own seat and baggage
allowance.Infant prices are available.

Children aged over 2 pay full price and have full baggage allowance.


Seats and Carrycots

Car seats are not allowed to be carried on the plane.


Changing Facilities

Small facilities available in the toilets


Meals

Meals must be pre-booked.

Child meal costs £3 each way.


Entertainment

Some long haul flights have a selection of the latest blockbuster films and short programmes such as Scooby Doo, The Simpsons and My Family.

Skystore offers a range of small toys and snacks for sale.


Virgin Atlantic


Babies/Infant Categorisation

Infant aged under 2 years

Child aged 2 – 11


Family Check in Availability

No family priority check-in


Airport Amenities

Pushchair can be taken to plane door and then will be put
in the holding.

Families board first.


Discounts/Prices

Child prices available


Child Baggage Allowance

Infants not entitled to a seat are entitled to one piece
of checked baggage.

They are also entitled to one piece of hand luggage.

This is over and above the buggy or bassinet or car seat, which are carried free of charge.


Seats and Carrycots

Skycots for babies aged up to 12 months

Infant Care Chair for infants aged between


Changing Facilities

Most toilets have changing facilities


Meals

Kids menu including fish fingers, pizza and chocolate


Entertainment

Dedicated kids channels on the seatback TV (V.Tots for pre-school, V.Kid 5-11 includes blockbuster movie and up to 35 Nintendo games, V.T for teens)

Virgin Atlantic Kids pack including colouring in book, crayons and games.Selection of games including backgammon, who wants to be a millionaire, solitaire, hangman



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