Children and 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 fare.

It is a legal requirement for children over the age of two to travel in their own seat. If passengers are travelling with an infant who becomes two years old between their outbound journey and their return journey, the outbound journey must be booked with the child classified as an infant, and the return journey booked as a separate journey with the child booked as a child. 

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.

Please Note: You are unable to use a car seat if your flight is booked with Stobart Air or Eastern Airways. Please check your email confirmation for details of who is operating your flight.


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

Important notice

As from 3rd May 2018 Flybe will no longer accept bookings for the unaccompanied minor product, however all existing bookings made before this date will be honoured.

Air France Operated flights

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

Spanish children under 18 years

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.

The Parental consent form (Autorización para salida de menores al extranjero) can be obtained at any of the following locations:-

Police stations
Guardia Civil
City hall

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 may be required 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.

Please ensure the parents/guardians bring a valid passport or European ID card to proceed to the gate area.

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

On 15th January 2017 a new regulation will enter into force for minors of French citizenship traveling out of France. This regulation imposes minors (below 18 years old) travelling unaccompanied to present an “autorisation de sortie de territoire” (authorization to exit the country) at the exit border controls in France. The original form of the authorization shall be presented together with the identity document of the minors as well as a copy of identity document of the parent who signed the form.

This obligation is based on the french decree : décret n° 2016-1483 du 2 novembre 2016

Please see below the communication published by the French authorities. A link to the form for the authorization can be found here:

Airlines and travel agencies are invited to inform their passengers of this new requirement. There is however no obligation created on the air carriers to verify the authorization before check-in. The controls will be done directly at the exit border controls at French airports

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.

Stobart Air Operated Flights

Stobart Air Young Persons Policy – Children aged between 12-15 years inclusive

Young persons will be accepted on Stobart Air-operated flights on the basis that they are travelling as an adult. The parent or guardian will be required to sign a 'Form of Indemnity' at the airport on the day of departure, relinquishing Stobart Air and Flybe from any responsibility to provide special assistance to these passengers.

Stobart Air do not permit any unaccompanied young person between the age of 12 and 15 inclusive to travel if the parent or guardian fails to complete this form. A Form of Indemnity shall be signed for both sectors of the journey if a return flight is booked.

A Young Person when travelling as an adult cannot act as a guardian for anyone under 16 years of age.

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. Failure to do so may result in carriage being denied.

All details in the booking must match the forms to be presented at the airports otherwise travel may be delayed or denied.


Unless otherwise stated flights operated by our partners are aligned with the Flybe unaccompanied minor policy.