It can be really useful to know what each airline company has to offer families, whether it’s negotiating booking prices, seating options or in-flight facilities.
We’ve put together a breakdown of all the family-friendly options provided by major UK airlines, so you can pick the company that’s right for you…
Booking when flying Ryanair
Some immigration departments require extra documentation for children travelling into/out of the country. You can check this here:
All passengers, including babies, must have their own passport.
Ages of children
Infants: under 2 years old
Child: 2-15 years old
Babies must be at least 7 days old to travel.
One infant may travel per adult (passenger aged 16 years+), charged at an infant price. If an infant turns 2 years old during the holiday, an adult seat fare must be paid for the return journey.
Ryanair offer special family discounts such as 50% off checked bags, allocated seats, priority boarding and travel insurance when up to 4 children are booked on the same reservation as up to 2 adults (see terms and conditions) or 20% repeat family flight discounts (see terms and conditions).
Seating when flying Ryanair
Seating with infants
Infants may sit on an adult’s lap and an infant seat belt will be provided. An extra seat may be purchased for an infant if you don’t want to carry them on your lap, but they must sit on your lap during take-off and landing.
Car seats and restraints
You can bring a safety approved child restraint to use for child aged over 12 months. You will need to contact Ryanair by phone if you plan on using one.
You can also bring a car seat provided it meets the safety requirements. You will need to call Ryanair and arrange this by phone. Car seats can only be used in rows 5-14 and 19-20, and must be fitted in window seats.
Ryanair aim to seat families together, but can’t guarantee it unless you pre-book seats at a small extra charge.
Children under 16 cannot sit in emergency exit rows.
Baggage and Check-in when flying Ryanair
Luggage and pushchairs
- An adult may bring one additional 5kg bag in the cabin for the infant.
- There is no checked luggage allowance for infants.
- 2 large items of infant equipment may be brought free of charge, including pushchairs, car seats, booster seats or travel cots. You can bring additional items for an extra fee.
- Children’s pushchairs can be taken up to the aircraft steps and will be returned at the aircraft steps once you have arrived. It’s recommended that you get a protective pushchair travel bag for the flight, particularly if you will be putting into the hold.
Self-service kiosks: Available at some airports, you’ll need to check your bags in separately
Online: Print your boarding pass online
Check-in desks: A member of staff can check you in at a Ryanair desk in the airport
On the Flight when flying Ryanair
- Baby changing facilities in the rear of the aircraft.
- Cabin crew can warm bottles if required.
- There are a range of snacks available onboard and some toys and entertainment available in the inflight magazine.
For more information visit https://www.ryanair.com/
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