THE most child-friendly airlines have been revealed – showing which carriers will make flying with your children less stressful.
Taking small kids on a plane can be a very difficult experience.
That's why life insurance broker, Reassured has taken a look at 24 airlines departing from UK airports to compare what they’re offering to travelling parents and their kids.
When considering which the best airlines for kids were, the experts looked at whether or not they offered free seat reservation, free checked luggage, priority boarding for families, kids meals, child-specific entertainment and whether or not carry cots or pushchairs could be brought on board for free.
The research showed that British Airways, Qatar Airways and Emirates were among the top child-friendly airlines, alongside Qantas, with all four airlines meeting all of the above criteria.
Virgin Atlantic, Etihad and KLM were among the list of airlines in second spot, with those carriers offering all-but one of the listed features.
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Out of each airline analysed, all 24 allow for a pushchair to be taken on board for free.
However, 18 airlines charge extra for a child’s seat and among those are Etihad Airlines, Lufthansa and Jet2.
Most of the airlines offer kids’ entertainment such as appropriate movies or colouring pens and paper.
However, parents flying with Flybe or Ryanair are in for a disappointment, as no entertainment is offered for the little ones.
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Instead, Ryanair and Jet2 make some points up by offering free kids’ meals.
Following the results, childcare experts, Kathryn Lord and David Doughty, CEO at Admiral Jet, put together a list of tips to help prepare children for a flight.
They recommend packing nappies and wipes. You’ll also be able to bring enough milk and formula as these items are exempt from the 100ml liquid rule.
Packing comfy clothes for your child to sleep in is a good idea, if the flight is a long haul. Taking the toothbrush to do their teeth and changing into PJs can help signal that it is time to go to sleep.
If you can, provide a comfy seat or a small flatbed as this can help settle your child.
Screen time can also be a good way to keep kids distracted, but make sure to download their favourite films or shows before the trip and start with a fully charged battery.
Finally, they advise filling up water bottles before getting on the plane and bring some of their favourite snacks in case the hunger kicks in between meals.
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Meanwhile, these parents use a clever snack box game to keep their kids occupied on flights.
And this mum of 22 revealed how she keeps her kids occupied when flying.
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