Which are the restrictions for acceptance of infants on Air Transat flights?
Newborns less than 7 days old are not accepted for travel on board Air Transat flights. A child is considered an infant until his/her second birthday. For safety reasons, an adult of at least 16 years of age may not travel with more than one infant at a time, regardless of how many seats are purchased. Travel documents for the country of destination are required for any infant under age 2.
When is required to purchase a ticket for my baby?
An infant is not required to occupy his/her own seat and may travel as an infant on lap, free of charge on flights within Canada and between Canada and the US or South Destinations. A fee equivalent to 10% of the adult fare (plus taxes) applies to infants traveling on a parent’s lap on Air Transat flights between Canada and Europe. This fee does not apply to Transat Holidays Europe packages. If a child’s second birthday occurs prior to the return flight, a ticket must be purchased for the round-trip flight, and a seat will be assigned to the child.
An adult traveling with an infant may reserve an adjacent seat. The adult fare will apply for infants under 2 years of age for whom a seat is reserved. If you wish to purchase a seat for your infant, you must know that it is mandatory for the infant to sit in a car seat approved by Transport Canada.
Children 2 years of age or older must occupy a seat. A ticket at the applicable adult fare must be purchased in the child’s name subject.
Infant on lap
Air Transat offers onboard bassinets for babies. Approved by Transport Canada, bassinets are a safe and comfortable way for your baby to travel during the flight. The number of seats allowing installation of bassinets is limited. Seat selection is possible for a nominal charge by calling the Information and Seat Selection Centre. You may request a bassinet for your baby in advance, but is not confirmed until you board the aircraft and the in-flight crew can assess the suitability for your child:
- The baby’s weight may not exceed 11 kg (24 lbs).
- The baby’s height may not exceed the size of the bassinet 27 x 12 x 6 in (68 x 30 x 15 cm).
Baggage Allowance for Infants
Infants traveling on an adult’s lap do not have a baggage allowance. However, one stroller and one car/booster seat are accepted free of charge. Any additional and/or substituted item (such as additional car seats, a playpen, etc.) will be subject to excess baggage charges if you exceed your free checked baggage allowance. A foldable stroller that does not exceed the maximum carry-on dimensions (23 x 40 x 51 cm) may be taken into the passenger cabin in lieu of a regular carry-on bag.
Children with reserved seats
An adult traveling with an infant may reserve an adjacent seat for the purpose of the installation of an approved infant restraint device. Also, children under 18 kg (40 lbs) will be safer and more comfortable when secured in a car seat. The child restraint system must be provided by the adult traveling with the infant and must be in compliance with regulations. The infant must be properly secured in an infant restraint device which was manufactured on or after January 1, 1981 and which displays inspection sticker CMVSS-213 if made in Canada or is certified as conforming to all applicable U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards or for use in motor vehicles and aircraft. Also accepted is the AmSafe C.A.R.E.S. child restraint system for children between 1 and 4 years old, weighing between 10-20 kilograms and whose height is 100 cm or less. Car seats manufactured in any other country than Canada or the U.S. are not approved for use on Air Transat flights.
Instructions for the proper use of the device and its weight and stature capacities must also be prominently displayed on the device. If, in the opinion of Air Transat personnel, the infant exceeds the prescribed capacity limits, the use of the device may be prohibited. Booster seats or harness/vest-type restraint systems for children cannot be used for air travel because they are not approved by Transport Canada.
Only car seats that do not exceed the maximum seat width (Economy Class – 40 cm / 15.5 in, and Club Class – 47 cm / 18.5 in) may be used on Air Transat flights. The device shall at all times be properly secured in a seat adjacent to an accompanying adult who is familiar with the proper method of releasing the infant from the device. The device may not be located at an emergency exit row or in any seat which would prevent access to an aisle or to emergency or safety equipment.
At Canadian gateways, where facilities permit, family check-in counters are available for families traveling with young children. Upon request assistance during check-in, Air Transat personnel is happy to help you get to the boarding gate and assist you upon arrival at the destination airport. Also, when you check-in, you can notify that you want to hang on to the stroller or car seat until boarding. With the exception of flights to the US, Air Transat offers pre-boarding for families traveling with young children.
Although Air Transat doesn’t provide meals for infants onboard, the crew will be happy to assist with warming your infant food brought from home. Upon arrival, you can take advantage of the LIMO! courtesy stroller service which offers parents a break between the aircraft and baggage claim area, LIMOS! are available on a first-come first-served basis in Calgary, Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, and Vancouver airports. Simply pick up a LIMO! for your young child after deplaning the aircraft and leave it with an Air Transat agent before exiting.
Air Transat Kids Club
The Air Transat Kids Club is a program designed to make air travel a fun experience for young travellers (and for their parents, too!). Only children between the ages of 2 and 11 who are residents of Canada, the UK and France can become members of the club in order to benefit from exclusive privileges:
- Check-in at a special Air Transat Kids Club Members counter, so you don’t have to wait as long (available at main airports). If an Air Transat Kids Club Members counter is not available at the airport you are flying from, you can check in at the Club counter. The whole family (maximum 6 people) can benefit from this privilege.
- Pre-boarding, ahead of regular Economy passengers.
- Priority baggage retrieval, so you can collect your baggage earlier and start your vacation sooner. Special tags placed on your baggage at check-in will ensure that your baggage gets priority treatment.
- Free regular seat selection, round-trip, for the member only (certain restrictions may apply based on company policy).
- The chance to win a one-week vacation for 4 (2 adults and 2 children) at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, or to one of Air Transat’s South destinations departing from Canada (automatic entry into an annual draw).