Check-in times & Photo ID

Check in times

Please make sure that you arrive at the departure gate in plenty of time to board your flight.  Depending on the layout and operation of each airport, the boarding gate may close up to 30 minutes before the scheduled time of departure.  Don't forget to allow time for airport security checks, and for what, in larger airports, may be a long walk to the gate. If you miss your flight we will be unable to refund your ticket or transfer you to another flight.

You can check in online from 36 hours and up to 1 hour before your flight departs. Flybe's self service kiosks, check in desks and fast bag drops close as per below.

Domestic flights:

  • Carrying hold baggage
    30 minutes before your scheduled time of departure (60 minutes for departures from Campbeltown)
  • Hand baggage only
    20 minutes before your scheduled time of departure (30 minutes for all flights operated by Loganair)

International flights:

  • Carrying hold baggage
    60 minutes before your scheduled time of departure
  • Hand baggage only
    45 minutes before your scheduled time of departure


Photographic identification

You must present one of the following forms of identification to board our aircraft.

For International travel

All passengers on international flights must be in possession of a valid passport and, where required, a valid visa.
Citizens of the European Union, European Economic Area and Switzerland may travel within Europe on presentation of their valid National Identity Card.

Children who are not included on their parent's UK passport will require their own valid passport for travel abroad.

For domestic and the Republic of Ireland travel

  • A valid passport
  • An expired passport (can be used on domestic flights for up to two years after expiry)
  • Valid photographic EU or Swiss national identity card
  • Valid photographic driving licence
  • Valid armed forces identity card
  • Valid police warrant card/badge
  • Valid airport employees security identity pass
  • A child on parent’ s passport is an acceptable form of ID
  • CitizenCard
  • Valid photographic firearm certificate
  • Valid Government-issued identity card
  • SMART card
  • Electoral identity card
  • NUS cards photographic (National Union of Students)
  • Photographic University/College ID card
  • Company ID cards of Nationally recognised companies (photographic)
  • Council issued bus pass (Senior Citizens only)
  • Pension book (as only acceptable form of non-photographic identification)
  • Young Scot Card

Children under 16 years of age, travelling on their parent's passport, do not require separate photographic ID. When travelling on international routes, children under 16 travelling on their parent's passport must be accompanied by the parent.


You can apply for a Citizen card online at or you can telephone them direct on 0870 240 1221 for a postal application form.

Spanish and French children under 18 years

  • Children under 18 travelling without their parents/legal guardians, and with an ID card, must have a form of written authorisation to travel from their parents.
  • Children must collect the form from their local police station and present it with their ID card at check-in and passport control. Children without this form will be refused travel by passport control.
  • Children travelling with a valid passport do not require a consent form as a passport acts as parental authority.
  • The form is required for both international and domestic flights. A Family Book (Livret de Famille) is not sufficient ID for a child/infant to travel on international flights. Children travelling on Flybe international flights must have either a valid ID card or a passport along with all other necessary documents.

Portuguese children under 18 years

  • Portuguese nationals and alien residents under 18 years leaving or re-entering Portugal unaccompanied by their father, mother or legal guardian need a travel authorisation. This travel authorisation must be signed by the father, mother or legal guardian; and the signature is notarised if the father, mother or legal guardian reside in Portugal; or the signature is authenticated by a Portuguese embassy or consulate in the country where the father, mother or legal guardian reside.
  • This travel authorisation is also required when minors that are accompanied by a person other than their father, mother or legal guardian. In such cases the travel authorisation must also clearly show the name of the accompanying person.
  • Foreign minors under 18 years of age and travelling alone may be refused entry if they do not have anyone in Portugal taking responsibility for their stay.