Booking your first family holiday or planning your baby's first flight? There's a lot to consider and it can be quite stressful. Different carriers have different rules, and a lot can depend on your chosen route. Let us help you organise your trip and answer some important questions, including:

  • How old does a baby need to be before they can fly?
  • How much do airlines charge for an infant fare?
  • What baby equipment can I check-in?

Find all the facts 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 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
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 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 1 pushchair + 10-23kg of hold luggage depending on route 75% of adult fare
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 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

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
Icelandair 10% of adult fare 1 pushchair + 1 car seat + 23kg of hold luggage 75% of adult fare
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
jet2.com £20 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
Monarch £20 one-way 1 pushchair or travel cot + 10kg of hold luggage Full 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
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 75% of adult fare depending on route
Ryanair £20 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
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
Thomson 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 one-way 1 pushchair or car seat Full adult fare

How old does a baby need to be before they can fly?

There's no blanket rule on this across all airlines - that would be too easy right?! Most airlines stipulate that your baby must be at least 14 days old before they board their first flight. However, we recommend you contact the airline you're travelling with to find out what their specific policy is.

What's the difference between a child and an infant?

Again, different airlines have different regulations, but most say that if you're child is under two years of age then they are an infant. Once they turn two they become a child, up until the age of 16. Check with the airline your flying with to make sure this is correct.

What tips do you have for flying with babies?

We spoke to consumer champion (and mum of four) Sarah Willingham to find out some of her top tips for travelling families. Find out why Sarah loves travelling with her kids and get her advice for savvy travelling families.

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*Charge may be applied for infants sitting on adult's lap

**Item terminology is as per the airline's websites (eg. stroller, pushchair, travel cot). Please check with your airline for any restrictions on these items

***Figures depend on route and fare type. Charges may vary if you book through an online travel agent rather than the airline direct. Always check the terms and conditions applicable to get up to date information.

Published July 2016. Whilst information was correct at the time of publication, we’d recommend that you check the details with the airline or OTA before booking.

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