Flying with children

Flying with children requires more preparation than the average journey as a couple. Make sure you read about it in advance.

Travel documents for children

As of June 26th 2012, children can't be included in the passport of a parent anymore. They need to have a personal valid passport or identity card. This applies to trips to all countries in and outside of Europe.

Children flying alone

Don’t those little rascals grow up fast? Already at the age of 5, children are allowed to fly as an unaccompanied minor. Are they younger? Then they need to wait it out, since children younger than 5 years old need to be accompanied by an adult (18+).

Travelling pleasantly and safely go hand-in-hand with clear procedures and a strict ID check. Which is why we ask you as a responsible parent or guardian to transfer the unaccompanied minor to the airport’s personnel when checking in. It’s also important to state the details of who will pick up your child upon arrival. They won’t be left on their own, that goes without saying. The airport personnel and cabin crew will permanently accompany your child(ren) both before and during the journey. This is even mandatory for children between the ages of 5 and 11.

From the ages of 12 to 18, the rules differ depending on the airline. Some airlines simply do not allow 12 to 18-year olds to travel alone. Inform yourself in advance to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

If the airline does allow this, children aged 12 to 18 years can only travel alone if they have written permission to do so. Usually, the town hall in your municipality will provide you with a standard form which you, as a parent or guardian, must sign. If your municipality does not have such a standard form, you can also write an authorisation yourself.

Want to know more about children flying alone?
Contact your airline.

Flying with a baby

Baby changing

You can change your baby in the ladies’ room.

Heating baby food

Did you bring your own baby food and bottles? Have them heated at restaurants restaurants Brussels Plaza, Milestone or Brussels Café..

Flying with a baby

Airlines limit the number of babies per flight. The baby does not have its own chair. Some airlines have special seats for children under the age of 2.

Want to learn more about flying with a baby? Contact your airline.