Airlines to Allow Children Below 12 to Sit with Parents for Free

Airlines to Allow Children Below 12 to Sit with Parents for Free

This decision remains optional for parents or guardians...


In response to numerous complaints from parents travelling with children, airlines have announced a significant policy change aimed at alleviating the stress of seating arrangements. Children below the age of 12 will be permitted to sit with one parent or guardian without incurring any additional seat charges. While the new regulation prioritizes family seating, it remains optional for parents or guardians. Those who prefer to purchase an additional seat for their child are free to do so.

The decision, prompted by widespread dissatisfaction with seating allocations, aims to ensure families can stay together during flights, enhancing the overall travel experience. This move comes as a response to growing demands from passengers who often found themselves seated far from their young children.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has introduced an amended rule, requiring airlines to allocate seats to children under 12 alongside at least one parent or guardian travelling on the same Passenger Name Record (PNR). Additionally, airlines are mandated to maintain a record of these seat allocations.

The regulatory change is part of the Air Transport Circular (ATC)-01 of 2024, titled "Unbundle of Services and Fees by Schedule Airlines." This circular permits airlines to charge extra for various services, including zero baggage, preferential seating, meals, snacks, beverages, and the carriage of musical instruments. Passengers can opt-in and pay for these additional services based on their preferences.


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