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Baby on board: Airline Luggage Allowances and Rules for Flying with a Baby

Flying for the first time with your baby can be a daunting task. Different airlines have different rules so it's important you do your research and find the best one to suit your needs.

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Let us help you make your trip as easy as possible by answering some common questions about flying with infants, including:

– How old does a baby need to be before they can fly?
– Do you have to pay for an infant on a flight?
– Can you take breast milk on a plane?

Fast Facts: Flying with a baby

As a general guide, most airlines ask that babies are at least two weeks old before they travel, though some allow seven-day old infants on board.

The booking policy for infants differs from one airline to another particularly if you’re booking a flight before your child is born.

It’s always advisable to contact the airline in advance of your booking with Skyscanner so you know what to expect and what, if any, charges apply.

Most airlines will allow you to take a pushchair or stroller with you at no extra cost, but additional baggage may end up costing you more.

Some airlines give infants their own baggage allowance of 5-10kg – over and above items such as a car seat or travel cot – even if they don’t have a seat.

Do you have to pay for a child under 2 years of age on a plane?

As you can see from the table above, it entirely depends on the airline, as well as the route and route length. Some airlines allow children under the age of 2 to fly for free. However, as a general rule, be prepared to pay anything from 10% up to around 25% of a full adult fare to fly with a child under 2.

When is it safe to travel with a newborn baby?

Most airlines will be happy to accept a baby over two days old, but some won’t take a baby under two weeks old. Consider asking for a doctor’s note if you want to fly with a very young baby. Don’t forget you’ll need to wait for your baby’s passport to be issued if you plan to fly internationally.

Can you take breast milk on a plane?

With most airlines, you can take breast milk on a plane, even if you’re traveling without your child, as milk isn’t counted as part of your liquid allowance. Make sure all your milk is labelled properly and speak to the airline in advance to double check their individual rules though. According to the TSA rules you should also be allowed to take any cooling packs needed to keep the milk fresh.

Top tips from parenting bloggers

“Traveling with kids can be a challenge at the best of times, but preparation is key. A great tip is to pack little “gifts”, one for each hour of the flight that you give to your child and let them unwrap with excitement and help keep them entertained, whether it be a puzzle, a sticker book, or best of all; some play dough! Also, make sure to book flights according to your child’s nap times so that they are well rested and make sure to have plenty of snacks packed for the duration of the flight. Lastly, don’t feel shy to ask for help. Strangers on the plane may well lend a helping hand, so use it! A moment of peace may be just the thing you need to survive that flight!”

Zeyna Sanjania – Mummy on my mind

“My top tip for traveling with babies and toddlers is to make sure to keep them busy! Have an activity bag – a small backpack filled with toys, stickers, games and anything else that would keep your kids busy. Preferably buy new toys to keep in that bag so it’ll keep occupied longer! Also, download their favorite shows via Netflix so if there isn’t anything that they like on the in-flight entertainment system, at least you have things that they can watch.”

Mizra Al Hosani – Sweet life in the sandpit

“Keep your own stress levels down. Traveling with babies can be very stressful for parents and their babies can pick up on those stress levels.
Listen to the calm, relaxing music available on the plane. Music with binaural beats works really well for slowing down brain waves and creating more calm in the body and mind.
 
Breath – Take long deep breaths making the breath out longer than the breath in. This directly calms the nervous system and stress levels will reduce.
 
Rest -When your baby or toddler is sleeping get some rest. If you are well rested you will be calmer when your baby needs you to be.
Use a good travel pillow so you can catch a few Zzzs instantly.”

Jasmine Collin – Love Parenting UAE

“Don’t stress it out! I forget about sleeping schedule and screen time. I allow them to watch age appropriate movies until they tire of watching. Dress them in dark colored clothes – dirt won’t be obvious.”

Abigail Caidoy – Cuddles and Crumbs

Flying with a baby: Emirates

At the airport

When you’re flying with young children, you can skip the queues at Emirates check-in and go straight to the separate family check-in desks. On Emirates flights, families with young children board first, so you can enjoy more time to get your baby settled on the plane.

When you fly with babies or infants, you can carry extra checked baggage, more hand luggage, and if there’s space available, one fully collapsible stroller, carry-cot or car seat. At Dubai International Airport, Emirates have free baby strollers available for use by their passengers with babies.

You can carry an infant under two years old on your lap. You will be provided with special seat belt extension for safety. If you’re flying with a child over two years old, you’ll need to buy a child’s fare and they’ll have their own seat, or you can bring a baby car seat. You can request a baby bassinet in the passenger details section when you make an Emirates booking.

Flying with a baby: Information by airline

Information contained in the table is correct as of September 2018. We advise you to always check directly with the airline before booking

Find all the airline information you need in the table below:

Flying with a baby: airline fees and regulations

Airline Infant fare* Free hold luggage allowance for baby equipment** Cost of additional seat for infant***
Aer Lingus £19 (Dh85) one-way

10% of adult fare on flights to/from the US

1 stroller or pushchair + 1 car seat, booster seat or travel cot Full adult fare
AirArabia Dh120 on most flights None Varies depending on route and length of flight
Air Canada Free on domestic flights

10% of adult fare on international flights

1 pushchair + 1 car seat + 1 piece of hold luggage, weight depends on route Infant fees for additional seats vary depending on route and length of flight
AirFrance Free on domestic flights

15% of adult fare on short-haul flights

33% on long-haul flights

1 pushchair + 1 car seat + 10kg of hold luggage 15-33% of adult fare depending on route
Air India 10% of adult fare 1 stroller, carrycot or car seat + 10kg of hold luggage Full adult fare
Air India Express 25% of adult fare 10kg of hold luggage Full adult fare
Air Malta 10% of adult fare

15% of adult fare on short-haul flights

33% on long-haul flights

1 stroller or pushchair Full adult fare
Air New Zealand Free on domestic flights

10% of adult fare on international flights

1 pushchair + 1 car seat Full adult fare on domestic flights

75% of adult fare on international flights

Alitalia 10% of adult fare 1 pushchair + 10kg of hold luggage Children under 2 years of age are not allowed to occupy their own seat, they must be on adult’s lap
American Airlines Free on domestic flights

10% of adult fare on international flights

1 pushchair + 1 car seat Full adult fare
British Airways 10% of adult fare 1 pushchair + 1 car seat + 10kg of hold luggage Additional seats can only be booked for infants of 6-23 months

75% of adult fare

Cathay Pacific 10% of adult fare on international flights 1 pushchair + 10-23kg of hold luggage depending on route 75% of adult fare
Cebu Pacific From Dh265 (handling fee) 1 stroller + 1 extra hand luggage bag Full adult fare. Must be in a Federal Aviation Administration approved car seat
Delta Free on domestic flights

10% of adult fare on international flights

1 pushchair + 10kg of hold luggage Full adult fare on domestic flights

50% of adult fare on international flights

easyJet £22 (Dh100) one-way 2 of the following items: pushchair, baby buggy, travel cot, carrier, car seat, booster seat Children over 2 years of age must occupy their own seat

Full adult fare

EgyptAir 10% of adult fare 1 fold-up collapsible stroller as hand luggage + 10kg of hold luggage on domestic flights

1 fold-up collapsible stroller as hand luggage + 10kg of hold luggage on international flights (excl US & Canada)

1 fold-up collapsible stroller as hand luggage + 23kg of hold luggage on US & Canada flights

Varies depending on route and length of flight. Please check with the airline
Emirates 10% of adult fare 1 pushchair + 1 carrier + 10kg of hold luggage 75% of adult fare
Etihad 10% of adult fare 10-23kg of hold luggage depending on route 75% of adult fare
Flybe 12% of adult fare 1 stroller or pushchair Full adult fare
flydubai Infant fees vary depending on route and length of flight One extra hand luggage bag smaller than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm Full adult fare
Gulf Air 10% of adult fare 1 stroller or pushchair + 1 car seat + 10kg of hold luggage Child fare (75% of full adult fare). Must be in a Federal Aviation Administration-approved car seat.
Iberia 10% of adult fare 1 pushchair or car seat + 23kg of hold luggage Infant fees for additional seats vary depending on route and length of flight
Icelandair 10% of adult fare 1 pushchair + 1 car seat + 23kg of hold luggage 75% of adult fare
IndiGo INR1,000 (Dh54) on domestic flights

Dh150 on international flights

1 stroller or pram + 7kg of hold luggage Children under 2 years of age are not allowed to occupy their own seat, they must be on adult’s lap
jet2.com £20 (Dh90) one-way 1 pushchair + 1 car seat, combined weight 10kg Full adult fare
Jet Airways 10% of adult fare 1 pushchair + 1 carrier + 10kg of hold luggage Full adult fare
KLM 10% of adult fare 1 pushchair + 1 car seat + 10kg of hold luggage 75% of adult fare
Lufthansa Free on domestic flights

10% of adult fare on other routes

1 pushchair or car seat or carrier + 23kg of hold luggage 75% of adult fare
Malaysia Airlines 10% of adult fare 1 pushchair + 1 car seat + hold luggage, combined weight 10kg 75% of adult fare
       
Norwegian Free on domestic flights

10% of adult fare on international flights

1 pushchair + 1 car seat + 5kg of hold luggage 75% of adult fare
Oman Air 10% of adult fare on domestic flights

20% of adult fare on international flights

Varies depending on route and length of flight. Please check with the airline 75% of adult fare
Pegasus Airlines Ranges from 5% to 25% depending on origin and destination 1 carrycot or pushchair + 10kg of hold luggage Children under 2 years of age are not allowed to occupy their own seat, they must be on adult’s lap
Philippine Airlines 10% of adult fare 1 stroller or pushchair + 10kg of hold luggage on non-US, Guam and Canada flights

1 stroller or pushchair + 7kg of hold luggage on US, Guam and Canada flights

Varies depending on route and length of flight. Please check with the airline.
Qantas Free on domestic flights

10% of adult fare on international flights

1 pushchair + 1 travel cot + 1 car seat + 10kg of hold luggage Full adult fare on domestic flights

75% of adult fare on international flights

Qatar Airways 10% of adult fare 1 pushchair or travel cot + 10-23kg of hold luggage depending on route Full adult fare on domestic flights

75% of adult fare depending on route

Royal Jordanian 10% of full adult fare 1 stroller, pushchair, carrycot or car seat + 10kg of hold luggage Varies depending on route and length of flight. Please check with the airline.
Ryanair £20 (Dh90) one-way 1 pushchair + 1 car seat or booster seat or travel cot Full adult fare
Scandinavian Airlines 10% of adult fare 1 pushchair + 23kg of hold luggage 75% of adult fare
Singapore Airlines 10% of adult fare 1 pushchair + 1 travel cot or carrier + 10kg of hold luggage 75% of adult fare depending on route
South African Airways Free on domestic flights

10% of adult fare on international flights

1 pushchair or car seat + 23kg of hold luggage 75% of adult fare
SpiceJet INR1,260 (Dh68) on domestic flights

INR2,500 (Dh135) on international flights

7kg hand luggage on domestic and international flights + infant food for flight

3kg hold luggage if traveling to Dubai

Children under 2 years of age are not allowed to occupy their own seat, they must be on adult’s lap
Swiss 10% of adult fare 1 pushchair + 23kg of hold luggage 65% of adult fare
TAP Portugal 10% of adult fare 1 pushchair + 1 car seat + 10kg of hold luggage 70-96% of adult fare depending on route
Thai Airways 10% of adult fare 1 pushchair or car seat 75% of adult fare
Thomas Cook 10% of adult fare 1 pushchair + 1 car seat + 10kg of hold luggage Full adult fare
TUI Infant fees vary depending on route and length of flight 1 pushchair or car seat + 10kg of hold luggage Full adult fare
Turkish Airlines 10% of adult fare 1 pushchair + 10-23kg of hold luggage depending on route Infant fees for additional seats vary depending on route and length of flight
United Airlines Free on domestic flights

10% of adult fare on international flights

1 pushchair + 1 car seat + 23kg of hold luggage Full adult fare on domestic flights

75% of adult fare on international flights

Virgin Atlantic 10% of adult fare 1 pushchair + 1 car seat + 23kg of hold luggage 75-85% of adult fare depending on route
Wizz Air £24 (Dh110) one-way 1 pushchair or car seat Full adult fare

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