Unaccompanied Children Flying

Unaccompanied Children Flying rules and guidelines

In the airline industry, an adult is any passenger aged 16 and older. Any passenger under the age of 16 planning to fly alone must be clear about the rules as they change depending on the individual airline, so please double check before booking.  The details below regarding unaccompanied children flying are correct at the time of publishing but as stated can change at any time.

Aer Lingus

Depending on the age of the minor, Aer Lingus may allow minors to travel unaccompanied, but may require special permission.

Minimum age for Unaccompanied Children Flying

12 years old.

  • Children 12-15 years old: May travel unaccompanied, however, an adult must sign the  Form of Indemnity the day of flight departure at the airport check-in desk. Children without this completed form will not be allowed to fly.
  • Children under the age of 12: Must be accompanied by an adult 16 years or older.

 Escort service: Not available

British Airways

Minimum age for Unaccompanied Children Flying

British Airways permits children of 12 years of age to fly without being accompanied by an adult.

Escort Service: The airline requires minors of age 5-12 to book their Skyflyer solo service.

Unaccompanied Children Flying


Minimum age for flying alone: Children between the ages of 2 - 15 cannot travel unless they are accompanied by an adult who is 16 years or older. Unaccompanied children aged 15 and under are not permitted to travel alone and will not be permitted to board the plane as easyJet does not provide an escort service or special requirements for unaccompanied children

Escort service: Not available

Jet 2

Persons aged 14 or over to travel alone. Any person under the age of 14 can only travel if accompanied by a person aged 16 years or over who will take full responsibility for them.


Companion service for minors provides you with the peace of mind of knowing that your child is in good hands when they have to travel alone. We supervise their safety and well-being from departure, on board and right up to arrival. We accompany them along with other children (always in small groups) to the plane, where the crew will look after them and ensure they sit calmly and as comfortably as possible for the flight. Upon arrival at their destination, we will hand the child over to the person authorised to collect them.
We also provide this service for connecting flights with the Iberia Group in Madrid, looking after anything unexpected that may occur and keeping you updated regarding arrival time.
Furthermore, during the stopover in Madrid, your child will wait in our UMs Lounge, where they can rest, have some juice, play games, watch films, etc.

05 - 11 years old. Children travelling alone - If you want your child to travel alone or travel in a cabin different from you, you must purchase the special minor companion service.

12 - 17 years old. Children who travel alone

If you want your child to travel alone even if the child is not considered a minor for us, you have a special, non-mandatory service available, from departure to arrival, including transfers when there are connections.

On account of the special care they require, you must take into account the following requirements


5 to 15 years of age.
Ages 2 - 11 qualify for a child discount and pay 75% of the adult fare (discount does not apply to airport taxes and charges). The child must be accompanied by an adult 16 years of age and over. An unaccompanied minor service is available for children from 5-15 years (inclusive).
Children between the age of 12 and 15 years (inclusive) on the date of their return trip may travel alone or order assistance. Children in this age group pay the applicable adult fare


Minimum age for Unaccompanied Children flying: Ryanair does not allow children under the age of 16 to fly alone.

Escort service: Not available

Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook Airlines no longer permits the carriage of unaccompanied minors. Therefore any child under age of 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 years old or over.

Package holidays

Passengers need to be at least 18 years old to be able to go on a package holiday independently.

Flight only bookings

Children under 14 years old who are travelling on a TUI Airways flight-only booking must be accompanied by another passenger aged 16 or over, who is travelling on the same booking reference.

Children aged 14 or 15 can travel alone, as long as they don't need assistance. That said, we recommend that they be accompanied to the check-in desk by a parent or legal guardian. We'd also advise that the parent or guardian stays at the airport until the flight has departed.


Minors who must travel with an adult

Minors under 12 years of age at the time of the flight must always travel with an adult.

Minors who may travel alone

Minors between 12 and 16 years of age at the time of the flight may travel without an adult Vueling will not provide specific services or escort services for such passengers

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