Children and infants

Infants

A baby is allowed travel under the definition of infant on Flybe services from the age of one week up to one year and 364 days and on flights operated by Stobart Air from the age of two weeks up to one year and 364 days. Accompanied by an adult and not occupying a seat, an infant is carried at 12% of the adult net fare.

As it is a legal requirement for children over the age of two to travel in their own seat, passengers who are travelling with an infant who becomes two years old before their return flight, must ensure that they have a seat reserved for the return flight. There is no additional charge for this seat. The infant fare will apply for the entire journey.

Make your booking online as normal adding the infant to the whole itinerary. Once the booking is completed and you have a reference number, you will need to contact us to book a seat free of charge for the return flight where the infant is now travelling as a child of two years old. If for any reason there are no seats available on the flights you have chosen, we will assist you in choosing an alternative flight or offer a full refund. Please contact us on 0371 700 2000 (From the UK, calls to 03 numbers cost the same as calling 01 and 02 numbers and count towards inclusive allowances on land lines and mobiles. From abroad, calls to 03 numbers are charged at international rates) or +44 (0)1392 683152 if calling from abroad.

Flybe reserve the right to request proof of age for all infants who are travelling on our flights. When travelling with an infant on a domestic route, therefore, please ensure you bring either a birth certificate or passport to prove date of birth. On International routes a passport will be required.

Infants travelling on Stobart Air operated flights
A baby is allowed travel under the definition of infant from age 2 weeks to 1 year and 364 days. Stobart Air do not have a restriction on a minimum age that the infant is required to be, however they do recommend that the parent you clears with their  doctor that it is okay to travel up to the age of 2 weeks.
Only one infant is permitted to travel per adult. If required, passengers can make a booking for their unborn infant using the infant' 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. Infants born prematurely require medical clearance to travel 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 date. Passengers are required to contact Special Assistance at least 48 hours in advance to get medical clearance.
If the infant will be two years old for any part of the journey they must purchase a seat for both sectors; or alternatively make two separate bookings, one for the outbound journey and one for the return.

Pushchairs

If you are travelling with a pushchair it is usually possible to keep the pushchair with you until you reach the steps of the aircraft.

Unaccompanied minors

Bookings for Unaccompanied Minors

If you wish to make a reservation for an Unaccompanied Minor please telephone the Customer Call Centre before you make the flight booking with the name, address and contact number of:

  • The person taking the child to the airport of departure
  • The person collecting the child at the destination airport

Numbers are restricted so you are advised, where possible, to reserve in advance.

 

Children aged between 5 years and 11 years 364 days (Unaccompanied minors)

Children aged between 5 and 11 years 364 days may only travel unaccompanied on Flybe point to point flights where a named custodian of the child is present at each end of the flight.

* Not available on Flybe operated flights from London Southend to Dublin.

Unaccompanied children are not permitted on flights which involve a change of aircraft en route or transferring to or from another airline as Flybe can only provide assistance once check-in has opened for the Flybe flights. A supervisory fee of £39 (€46 ,60CHF) per child per flight is levied for the service provided.

 

Children aged between 12 and 16 years

Although not compulsory, you may request for a child between the ages of 12 and 16 years to be carried as an Unaccompanied Minor.

 

Air France Operated flights

On flights operated by Air France children under 15 travelling on Flybe tickets must be accompanied by an adult.  

 

Stobart Air operated flights

Unaccompanied minors are not allowed on flights operated by Stobart Air.

 

Airports not providing a Unaccompanied Minors service

Currently Ireland West Airport Knock (Noc) does NOT provide an Unaccompanied minors service.

 

Check-in times for unaccompanied children

Please present unaccompanied children to check in at least one hour prior to the flight's schedule time of departure.

At some European airports parents/guardians are allowed to accompany children to the gate and to stay there until boarded. You will be advised of the individual airports procedure at the check in desk.

 

Rules and regulations for unaccompanied children

To be 'accompanied', the companion of a child must be over 16 years of age.
Identification of the escort on departure & escort on arrival will be checked, and the child signed for, in line with current policy.

For the safety of the passenger, the person presenting them on departure must remain within the airport building for 15 minutes after the aircraft has departed. This is to ensure that there is someone available to collect them should the aircraft have to return for any reason.

If a child is not travelling with their parent or legal guardian, he or she must carry their own identification. If no identification is available please contact the Customer Call Centre. You will need to send a copy of the photo identification from the parents and confirm that the child is travelling with their consent.

Passengers aged between 12 and 16 years who are not travelling as an unaccompanied child require their own photographic identification.

For passengers on international flights a valid passport or national identity card will need to be presented. Other documentation such as a visa should also be sought if required.
Unaccompanied children are only permitted on point to point journeys where a custodian of the child is present at each end of the flight. Unaccompanied children are not permitted on flights which involve a change of aircraft en route.

Flybe may refuse travel to carry an unaccompanied child in cases where the child has not been made aware to us.


Spanish children under 18 years travelling without a parent, or legal guardian, and with an ID card must have a form of written authorisation to travel from their parent(s). The form should be collected from their local police station and must then be presented with their ID card at the check-in desk and passport control. If the child does not have this form passport control will refuse travel.
Children travelling on their own valid passport do not require the parental consent form.

 

French Children under 18 years travelling to the UK can travel with their passport or their Identity Card, no other document is required by the local authorities.
The child - whether accompanied or not - can travel abroad with:

  • either a National Identity Card, only for E.U. countries, the Schengen Area and Switzerland
  • either a passport
  • either a passport bearing by a visa


Portuguese nationals and alien residents under 18 years and leaving or re-entering Portugal unaccompanied by their father, mother or legal guardian also need a travel authorisation. The travel authorisation must be signed by the father, mother or legal guardian (If the father, mother or legal guardian reside in Portugal the signature must be notarised). Finally the signature must be authenticated by a Portuguese embassy / consulate in the country where the father, mother or legal guardian do reside.

Foreign children under 18 years and travelling alone may be refused entry if they do not have someone in Portugal taking responsibility for their stay.

 

Italian citizens under 14 years of age who are not accompanied by their parents must be entrusted to a person, organisation or travelling companion, as recorded on a “dichiarazione di accompagno”  [declaration to accompany], endorsed by the relevant passport office or competent authority (such as local police). 

Confirmation of accompaniment will therefore be necessary and must be shown. Any minor who presents without the required declaration will not be permitted to leave Italy.

It is a legal requirement for an Italian minor under 14 years of age to have a declaration signed by both parents and stamped by the local police (Questura) to entrust the child either to an adult (other than a parent or relative). The form must be prepared, signed, stamped and filled in in all its parts before commencing travel. All those passengers turning up for departure without the above mentioned prior arrangements will be denied boarding by local immigration police. Please note that this ruling also applies to minors of dual nationality who are in possession of an Italian passport and residing in Italy.

Minors under 14 years of age bearing his/her father’s surname and travelling with his/her mother will have to prove to the Airport Police that the lady is in fact the mother. So unless the father is present at the airport accompanying wife and child, the mother has to prove to the Police that she is the lawful mother by producing a document confirming her status. For example a birth certificate or “stato di famiglia” or declaration signed by an official body i.e. Comune or Police.

If a person other than their father, mother or other legal guardian accompanies a child travel authorisation is also required. In such cases the travel authorisation must also clearly show the name of the accompanying person.

If you wish for this to be a Flybe representative, please note that unaccompanied children are not permitted on flights which involve a change of aircraft en route or transferring to or from another airline as Flybe can only provide assistance once check-in has opened for the Flybe flights. A supervisory fee of £39 (€46 ,60CHF) per child per flight is levied for the service provided. If you wish to make a reservation for an Unaccompanied Minor please telephone the contact centre.


Important information regarding unaccompanied children

It is the parent, legal guardian or responsible adult’s responsibility to ensure that all correct required documents are in possession for travel


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Please note:
When not travelling with an adult of at least 16 years of age, some children can be carried under the Unaccompanied Minor Scheme* on flybe operated flights.

The Flybe Unaccompanied Minor Scheme is not available to children under 15 years of age on flights operated by Air France. These must be booked directly with Air France.

The Flybe Unaccompanied Minor Scheme is not available through Knock - Ireland West (NOC).

If in doubt please contact the Flybe call centre for further advice on 0371 700 2000 (or 00 44 1392 683152 if calling from outside the UK. From the UK, calls to 03 numbers cost the same as calling 01 and 02 numbers and count towards inclusive allowances on land lines and mobiles. From abroad, calls to 03 numbers are charged at international rates.

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