Will you be flying Aer Lingus with a baby or toddler? Or are you still on the fence deciding between Aer Lingus and another airline for your family’s upcoming travels? This is the post for you!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone! I’m kicking off a new series here I hope will be quite helpful to those of you planning to fly with an infant, baby, or toddler. I’m tagging these posts with NTK, short for “Need to Know,” as this is where I’ll share some of the important details parents flying these airlines with young children—and possibly car seats, bassinets, strollers and extra truck—should know in advance, and in some cases may never have guessed on their own. 😉
First up: Aer Lingus! Here’s what you need to know…
THE UPSIDE OF FLYING AER LINGUS WITH A BABY OR YOUNG CHILD: On long-haul flights, Aer Lingus provides family-friendly amenities and conveniences, including airplane bassinets (sky cots) for overseas travel, child meals by request on flights to/from the USA and Ireland, and even grants a FREE lap child checked luggage allowance of up to 22 lbs. (10 kg.), plus one diaper bag and a compactly folding stroller.
FLYING AER LINGUS WITH AN INFANT? However, if you’re planning to fly Aer Lingus with an infant, beware that they do NOT allow children younger than 6 months to ride in their own seats, whether you pay for the seat or not. You will be provided with a lap child safety belt (belly belt) for your lap-held infant.
PLANNING TO USE A CAR SEAT ON AER LINGUS? What’s more, Aer Lingus does not allow car seats to be installed rear-facing on its aircraft, and forward-facing car seats are only allowed in the cabin for children under 3 years old.
Remember there are many more tips for flying with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers in the new revised and expanded edition of Travels with Baby: The Ultimate Guide for Planning Travel with Your Baby, Toddler, and Preschooler. Have a choice of airlines? Take advantage of the Airlines Comparison Chart to compare 46 airlines to find the best airline for your needs at the time of your family’s travels.
Have you flown Aer Lingus with your family? Tell us about it with a comment below.
Shelly Rivoli, author of the award-winning Travels with Baby guidebooks