For many parents flying with babies and young child can be an anxious time.
You will find on this page all the information you need 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.
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 lapif they wish to do so.
The minimum age of an infant accepted for travel is 14 days after birth.
New mothers are not permitted to travel for 14 days after giving birth.
New born infants are not permitted to travel for the first 7 days after birth. Further restrictions apply if the baby was born prematurely.
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.
Premature Infants – Infants born prematurely require medical clearance to fly. They require this clearance up to the age of 6 months, plus the number of days that they were born prematurely. An infant is considered premature if they were born 3 weeks or more before their original due delivery date.
Passengers with premature infants are required to provide a minimum of 48 hours’ notice of their intention to travel.
You will need to contact the Aer Lingus special assistance department for more information.
Aer Lingus don’t have a restriction on a minimum age that the infant should be, however they recommend that you clear with your doctor that it’s okay for an infant up to the age of two weeks to travel.
The thoughts of flying with toddlers and young children can fill you fear. With a little planning and preparation your journey can go more smoothly than you thought possible.
We have compiled together a list of our Top Tips for flying with young children.