For many parents flying with babies and young children can be an anxious time. To make things a little easier for you, we have compiled some information that will help you when making preparations to fly with a young family.
There are no specific regulations regarding travelling with babies and young children and airlines differ in their requirements for travelling with young babies.
However, as a general rule, if your baby was born after the 37th week of pregnancy, it is recommended to wait until 1 week after the 40th week of pregnancy before flying.
If your baby was born before the 37th week of pregnancy, again you should wait until after the 40th week of gestation and ensure that there is in-flight oxygen available on the flight in case it is needed.
Some airlines allow babies to travel from two days of age, whereas others require a minimum age of two weeks before they will allow them to travel. The major airlines tend to have a midway point between 2 days and 2 weeks.
Although there are no specific regulations regarding travel for young babies, you should check with your airline before making a reservation. You may be required to provide a letter from your doctor to confirm your baby is fit to fly if the baby is less than two weeks old.
You will also need to check with your airline whether you can fly if you have recently had a caesarean section. You may be required to wait until after your six-week post natal check-up.
The thought of flying with toddlers and young children can fill you with fear but with a little planning and preparation, your journey can go more smoothly than you might have hoped.
With a little planning and preparation, your journey can go more smoothly than you might have hoped.
It is important to note that infants aged 7 days and under cannot be accepted for travel on Ryanair flights.
Infants (aged 8 days to 23 months inclusive) travelling with Ryanair must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 or over (one infant per adult).
To travel on an EasyJet flight the youngest passenger must be at least 15 days old.
Due to safety restrictions, certain seats are not suitable for expectant mothers, but these will be clearly identified during the booking process.
Expectant mothers are allowed to travel with an infant on their lap if they wish to do so.
The minimum age of an infant accepted for travel is 14 days after birth.
Your baby must be at least 48 hours old before British Airways will accept him/her on to one of their flights, subject to having been born without any complications.