Travelling with Children
Child/Infant Booking Information
Infants (between 0-5 months old)
Must sit on the adults' knee (restrained by an infant loop belt) and will be charged a flat rate of €20/£19 or equivalent per one way flight on all shorthaul routes or 10% of the adult fare on flights from/to the USA.
Infants are not permitted to occupy exit rows or the rows immediately forward or aft of an emergency exit row.
Infants (between 6-24 months old)
Can sit on the adults' knee (restrained by an infant loop belt) and will be charged a flat rate of €20/£19 or equivalent per one way flight on all shorthaul routes or 10% of the adult fare on flights from/to the USA.
Alternatively, to purchase a seat, proceed by booking your infant as a child at the applicable fare and bring your approved car seat on board the aircraft.
Infants are not permitted to occupy exit rows or the rows immediately forward or aft of an emergency exit row.
Children (between 2-11 years old)
Must travel in their own seat. If an infant is over two years old for any part of the journey, they must purchase a seat or alternatively make two separate bookings; one for the outbound and one for the return.
On Transatlantic flights, we offer a discount for passengers between the ages of 2 and 11, check your price quote on aerlingus.com for full details.
Children (between 12-15 years old)
Aer Lingus will accept unaccompanied passengers aged 12-15 years inclusive, but will not provide special assistance for these passengers.
A Form of Indemnity must be completed by a parent/guardian with respect to such passengers at each airport of departure.
Unaccompanied Minors (children under 12 years old)
Aer Lingus does not accept reservations for unaccompanied children under 12 years of age for travel on Aer Lingus scheduled services. They must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 years or older.
Infants (between 0-5 months)
(Not applicable to Aer Lingus Regional)
- If the infant is under 6 months the child must sit on the adults' knee and will be charged a flat rate of €20/£19 or equivalent per one way flight on all shorthaul routes or 10% of the adult fare on flights from/to the USA.
- Aer Lingus do not have a restriction on a minimum age that the infant should be, however they do recommend that you clear with your doctor that it is okay to travel up to the age of 2 weeks.
- One adult cannot be responsible for more than two infants. Where one adult is travelling with two infants at least one of the infants must be over 6 months old and accommodated in a car type safety seat.
- Infants are not permitted to occupy exit rows or the rows immediately forward or aft of an emergency exit row.
- If both infants are under 6 months they must be accompanied by an additional responsible person.
- Infants born prematurely require medical clearance to fly up to the age of 6 months, in addition to the number of days that they were born prematurely.
- Should passengers make a booking on Aer Lingus services for their unborn infant using the infant's surname and 'Baby' (to be advised) as the 'First name' there will be no charge to subsequently change the name to the correct infant's name after the birth. However, if the itinerary includes travel on one of our codeshare or interline partners we will be unable to perform a name change. Passengers may also contact us to add an infant to an existing booking which was made before the birth.
- Customers who wish to add an infant to an existing booking should contact your local Aer Lingus office and we will arrange to take payment and issue a ticket for your baby.
Infants (between 6-24 months)
If the infant reaches the age of 2 years prior to the return journey they must pay the applicable fare, taxes, fees and charges for that part of the journey.
Aer Lingus Flights (Not applicable to Aer Lingus Regional)
- Infants between 6 months and two years old can sit on the adults' knee and will be charged a flat rate of €20/£19 or equivalent per one way flight on all shorthaul routes or 10% of the adult fare on flights from/to the USA.
- Car type safety seats may be used by children aged between 6 months and less than 36 months - in order to accommodate a child aged 36 months or older in a car seat; the child must be within the size and weight limits for that seat and special IAA approval is required, please contact email@example.com as soon as possible in advance of the flight.
- Passengers may purchase a seat for the infant at the appropriate fare where the infant can sit in an approved, forward facing car seat provided by the passenger. The car seat must be restrained on the aircraft seat by the normal aircraft lap strap. Aer Lingus do not permit rearward facing car seats. The seat must be a purpose-designed children's car seat with a 5-point harness and must be of a type approved for use in motor vehicles and aircraft and bearing labels to this effect:
US – “Certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft”.
Europe – European Standard Mark
- In order to ensure the car seat will fit into the aircraft seat please ensure the seat width does not exceed 17 inches (430mm).
Aer Lingus Regional (Flight Nos 3000-4000 operated by Aer Arann)
- Infants under the age of 2 years may travel provided that they sit on an adult’s lap (one infant per adult) and a fee is charged per sector.
- No baby / car seats are allowed in the cabin of the aircraft.
- A maximum of 8 infants only to be carried on board the aircraft for each flight.
- An AMSAFE CARES Harness that is supplied by the passenger may be used for securing children and children with disabilities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if use of a harness is required.
Children (between 2-11 years)
- Must travel in their own seat.
- If an infant is over two years old for any part of the journey, they must purchase a seat or alternatively make two separate bookings; one for the outbound and one for the return.
- On Transatlantic flights, we offer a discount for passengers between the ages of 2 and 11, check your price quote on aerlingus.com for full details.
Children (between 12-15 years)
Please note that rules and regulations for children travelling alone may vary by country, so please check the applicable regulations with the local country authorities.
Unaccompanied minors under the age of 14 departing Italy will not be accepted for travel.
Subject to the above, young passengers between the ages of 12 and 15 inclusive will be accepted on Aer Lingus flights on the basis that they are travelling as an adult and subject to the following requirements:
- The parent or guardian will be required to sign a Form of Indemnity at the airport on the day of departure confirming that Aer Lingus has no responsibility to provide special assistance to these passengers. In the case of a return ticket, the Form of Indemnity will also cover the return flight. Aer Lingus will deny boarding to any unaccompanied young person between the age of 12 and 15 inclusive should the parent /guardian fail to complete this form.
- The parent or guardian will need to accompany the young passenger to the airport and go to the check-in desk where they may be asked to provide a form of identification.
- Young passengers must not use online check-in or an airport check-in kiosk.
- In the case of connecting flights, the rules applicable to young passengers will depend on the airline concerned. Other airlines, including our partners United Airlines and JetBlue Airways, may require that young passengers travelling alone avail of special assistance which may be subject to the payment of an additional fee. These airlines must be contacted directly to request this service.
- Young passengers connecting to another flight must make their own way to the connection gate.
- Aer Lingus does not accept reservations for unaccompanied children under 12 years of age for travel on Aer Lingus scheduled services.
- Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 years or older.
Child Meals on Transatlantic Services
- Child meals are available upon request on our flights to/from the USA and include child-friendly food items.
- To request a child meal, please contact your local Aer Lingus office and advise a flight attendant onboard that you have made a special meal request.
- Child meals can be requested up to 24 hours prior to departure.
Child/Infant Baggage Allowance
All cabin baggage must be included in the accompanying adult's baggage allowance.
Check-in Baggage (Long Haul Flights)
- A fully collapsible push-chair/stroller is allowed free of charge in addition to 10 kgs/22 lbs of baggage.
- The push-chair/stroller is checked in with the baggage and can be handed down at the gate if required.
Check-in Baggage (Short Haul Flights)
- A fully collapsible push-chair/stroller is allowed free of charge for an infant booking only.
- The push-chair/stroller is checked in with the baggage and can be handed down at the gate if required, except for flights departing London Heathrow where push chairs/strollers are not permitted to be handed down at the gate and must be handed in with checked baggage.
Cabin and check-in baggage allowance for children aged 2-12 is the same as for adults. More information on Baggage Information.
*NEW* Children Travelling on Parents Passport
EC Regulation 444/2009 states that as of 26 June 2012, children travelling from, to or through all Schengen countries plus Bulgaria, Cyprus and Romania are no longer permitted to travel on their parent’s passport and are required to hold their own individual travel documentation.
Entries on one of their parent's passports are no longer valid - irrespective of the age of the child and shall not be accepted as a valid form of documentation.
Henceforth, children travelling to/from any Aer Lingus destination other than those listed below require their own travel documentation, with a passport photo, when travelling.
Children travelling to the following Aer Lingus destinations are currently not bound by this regulation:
- All Irish Destinations
- All UK Destinations
Facilities Onboard for Infants & Children
Our cabin crew onboard will be happy to help you with your infants and children.
- Baby changing facilities are available on all of our aircrafts. Please ask cabin crew members for locations.
- Our cabin crew onboard will heat your baby food and bottles for babies and small children.
- Use of travel cots for longhaul flights is subject to availability and require basinet seats for use.
- Bassinet seats for longhaul flights are subject to availability and require pre-booking. You may instead opt for increased comfort by purchasing a dedicated seat for the infant at the child rate. Infants with confirmed seats would not be able to also request bassinet seating. Please contact the Aer Lingus Reservations Department. Please ensure you have your booking reference number.
- Infant seat belts are available onboard for babies under the age of 2 years. Please advise cabin crew onboard.
- Child meal - You can add a special meal request as long as this is done within 24 hours of your flight departure. Simply contact your local Aer Lingus Reservations Department. For contact details click here: Reservations Department. Please ensure you have your booking reference number.
- Video and audio entertainment are provided on all long-haul flights (travel outside Europe). In addition to these, Business Class passengers can choose from 9 entertainment channels depending on the aircraft including Kids/Family movies.
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