Based on their age at the time of travel, passengers are conventionally divided into three categories: infant, child and adult. Some airlines have introduced an intermediate status (teen) between child and adult. Should a passenger change category between the outbound and inbound journeys, the Airline must be contacted during the booking process to ensure that tickets are adjusted according to the correct passenger status.
Up to the age of two, children travel on the lap of an adult. As a general rule, each adult may only accompany one infant; in the case of two infants and two adults from the same family group, it may be necessary to sit in different rows to ensure that additional oxygen masks are available in case of emergency.
Infant tickets are available at a reduced price, do not include a free baggage allowance, but do allow you to check in transportation aids and carry-on items for the flight (always consult the “Conditions of Carriage”). Some airlines allow you to purchase a seat at a higher price and use your own approved car seat. Please contact the airline to check availability and conditions.
Children between the ages of 2 and 11 are entitled to their own seat on board and the same baggage allowance as an adult. Some airlines have introduced an intermediate ‘teen’ status: in order to avoid mishaps, for instance when checking in online, please follow the airline’s instructions when booking.
Some Airlines offer an unaccompanied minor service for minors travelling alone, generally between 5 and 12 years of age. This service is subject to a fee, and the age range for which the service can be activated varies depending on the airline and applicable legal requirements, so it must be requested at the time of booking. An attendant will take care of the child upon boarding and will entrust him/her to the cabin attendant for the duration of the flight. The accompanying adult must remain at the airport approximately 20 minutes after take-off. At the destination airport, an airport attendant will take custody of the child and hand him/her over to the designated person.
Please note that in case of expatriation, in addition to personal identity documents, Italian citizens under 14 years of age travelling without a parent or a legal guardian must present the ‘Declaration of accompaniment’ form issued by the Police Headquarters. If the passenger is of another nationality, the regulations of the country of origin apply.
If you have any doubts regarding the Italian regulations on the documents required for the expatriation of minors, please refer to the institutional website of the State Police: https://www.poliziadistato.it/articolo/191
Pregnant women should always inform the airline of their situation at the time of booking and check the airline’s ‘Conditions of Carriage’ for the relevant terms, such as the need to present a medical certificate of fitness to fly.