UPDATE – Summer 2016
Good news! RyanAir is making efforts to be more family friendly. Approved child safety / car seats ARE now allowed onboard and certain discounts are available to families flying RyanAir with children, as outlined on their website:
Family Extra – Discounts
Ryanair is offering 50% discounts off checked bags, allocated seating, Priority Boarding and travel insurance for children (under 16) when the accompanying adult(s) in the same booking, purchase a corresponding fully priced service.
- Family Extra discounts are only offered when making a new flight booking.
- There are 50% discounts off checked bags, allocated seats, Priority Boarding and travel insurance for up to a maximum of 2 children when 1 accompanying adult included in the same reservation purchases the corresponding fully priced item.
- There are 50% discounts off checked bags, Priority Boarding and travel insurance for up to a maximum of 4 children when the 2 accompanying adults included in the same reservation, purchase the corresponding fully priced item.
- Adults and children must be booked in the same reservation to receive Family Extra discounts.
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If you will be flying Ryanair with a baby or toddler, or are considering whether or not to book with the budget European airline for your family’s flight, here some important points that may really surprise you(!), especially if you’ll be flying Ryanair with a child under 2 years.
1. Ryanair only allows children under 2 years to occupy a seat for all portions of the flight when they are at least 1 year old and are using the CARES flight safety harness (details and full review or CARES here). Otherwise, they must ride on an adult’s lap during takeoff and landing.
2. It is possible to purchase what they call an “infant comfort seat,” eg. an extra seat for your child less than 2 years old to occupy during the cruise portion of the flight, but you can only make this reservation by phoning Ryanair’s call center (find the number to call from your country here).
3. Ryanair charges a flat fare of 30€/30£ each way for a lap child.
4. Ryanair does not allow car seats (child safety seats) to be used in its aircraft.
5. Ryanair charges a fee to check your child’s car seat, bassinet, or travel cot, which is 10€/10£ per item when paid online or 20€/20£ when paid at the airport.
6. Ryanair will, thank goodness, let you gate-check your child’s stroller (pushchair) free of charge.
Have your choice of airlines? Remember you can compare any available discounts, special perks, and amenities for travelers with babies and young children among 46 different airlines in the Airlines Comparison Table in Part 5 Travels with Baby: The Ultimate Guide for Planning Travel with Your Baby, Toddler, and Preschooler.
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