Need to Know: Flying Aer Lingus with a baby or toddler

logo_AerLingusWill 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.

Travels with BabyRemember 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.

Safe journeys,

Shelly Rivoli, author of the award-winning Travels with Baby guidebooks

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6 Comments

  1. wholesaleescapesmembership

    Aer Lingus’ new Family First is aimed at giving even greater value to families offering half price on checked baggage and advance seat selection for children aged 2 to 11 years, travelling on short haul flights. Aer Lingus is the family friendly airline, taking great care of all the little crew on board.

    Wholesale Escapes

  2. Heidi Wagoner

    I don’t have little ones anymore, but I do like this airline. I’ve only flow with them once, long ago.

  3. Jessica

    I love these NTK series. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Ann

    I flew on Aer Lingus when I was in my first trimester with my first, so I haven’t flown on them with a baby at all. There was a family in the row next to me, though. They had a baby with them. After eavesdropping on their conversation (sorry, but what are you going to do?) I discovered she was a flight attendant with the airline. Instead of getting a bulkhead seat, they just took 3 seats next to each other. There was a family in the bulkhead seat, but they seemed miserable – very squished. There didn’t seem to be as much space as there is in other airlines. But the flights themselves and the connections in Dublin were really nice.

    1. Shelly Rivoli (Post author)

      I always recommend asking at check in if there might be extra seats on the flight, and usually the airline is happy to move your family to a row with an extra seat if possible – not always possible, however! Flying on the least desirable flight times for business travelers usually helps with this. On one trans-Atlantic flight, the agent reassigned us so that we had two rows of four seats together (in the middle) for the five of us!

  5. ben

    Cool! This would be very helpful for me as well as with my wife. Thank you Shelly. 😀

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