Flying with Kids

Find all the essential details and tips for travelling with kids. Discover family friendly flying with TUI Airways.

Before you travel

Hassle free check-in

At most airports, we only require one person from each party to check in and drop off bags. So, as long as you’re all under the same booking reference, there’s no need for your whole group to queue. The person checking everyone in will need to be over 16 and have everyone’s passports. To find out if this option’s suitable for you, just ask one of our friendly TUI staff at the airport.

Pushchairs and car seats transported for free

Pushchairs and car seats aren’t allowed in the cabin due to lack of space, however, we’ll carry them in the hold free of charge. You’ll usually be able to use your pushchair at the airport and hand it to a member of staff at the gate before you board, but please confirm this with our ground staff when you check in. Just so you know, car seats and pushchairs will be returned on the luggage belt when you arrive – the distance between the aircraft and the baggage reclaim area varies depending on which airport you’re flying into.

Priority boarding

If you’re travelling with young children, we’ll invite you to board the aircraft first, so your little ones have time to settle before everyone else comes onboard

Travelling with children who don't share your surname

If you’re travelling with children that don’t share your surname, please bring some form of proof to the airport that shows you have permission to travel with them or confirms your biological relationship. This could be a signed letter or a birth certificate. This will help speed up your journey through the airport by giving our team peace of mind that a child’s not travelling without permission from their parent or guardian.

Family-friendly luggage allowance

If you’re flying as part of a TUI package holiday, you can check in between 15 and 20kg of luggage, depending on which holiday you book. Under 2s get a 10kg allowance – that’s if you’ve booked a hotel and flight package, and not just a flight. You can bring a pushchair or a car seat with you, too, in the hold. Find out more about our luggage allowances.

On the flight

Family-friendly flying

You and your family will be in good hands when you fly with us – our team of over 2,500 cabin crew are experts at looking after little ones in the sky. You’ll find baby changing facilities onboard all our planes, and we can heat up baby’s bottles for you.

Children's meals

Complimentary meals and drinks are served on all our long-haul flights. Menus vary depending on your destination and flight time. Children’s meals will be provided for anyone aged 2 to 12. Just so you know, we don’t provide meals for under 2s, so you’ll need to bring something onboard. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements, too.

Children's entertainment

Kids will be provided with their own headsets for use with our seatback entertainment system. It’s full of child-friendly games, movies and TV shows, so they’re bound to find something that takes their fancy. Check out our in-flight entertainment page for a sneak preview.

Children's activities

If you’re flying long haul with us, your little ones will be welcomed onboard with an age-appropriate kids’ pack to keep them busy while you get comfy. It’s packed with holiday and aeroplane-themed activities and a dominoes game featuring our very own Captain T.

Flying with children FAQs

Can I bring milk and baby food onboard?

You can bring milk and baby food onboard. Just so you know, they may need to be screened separately at security.

What’s the minimum age for my child to have their own seat?

To comply with Irish legislation, children under 6 months old must sit on an adult’s lap and be secured with the strap provided. Children aged between 6 months and 2 years can also sit on an adult’s lap – or, you can purchase a seat for them.

Can I take my pushchair on the plane?

You can bring your pushchair with you but, due to space limitations in the cabin, it must be transported in the hold. You can usually keep it with you until you board – please check with the member of staff when you check in.

Will my baby change bag count towards hand luggage allowance?

Yes. Our hand baggage allowance is 10kg and the maximum dimensions are 55 x 40 x 20cm.