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Babies and moms

Is a family record book enough to travel with a baby or child ? 

For French citizens a family record book is not considered as official proof of identification. Children cannot therefore travel by air, even within France, using this document. 

Since the 26th of June 2012, all minor passengers must be in possession of a personal identity document (passport or national identity card according to the final destination) for travel to and within Europe. For trips requiring a passport it is necessary for minors to have their own individual passport. It is no longer possible for them to be included in the passport of a parent.

 

Prior to departure, please remember to make sure you have all your child's documents required by police, customs and immigration of the destination country before the departure date. It is your responsibility to check the validity dates and allow for the time needed for these documents to be issued to you, which may be quite lengthy.  

 

 

 

TRAVELLING WITH A BABY WITH AIR FRANCE

How do I best prepare for travelling with my baby ?

Please remember to bring the items you need for changing your infant, choose comfortable and warm clothing (sweaters and socks).  It is also good to give your baby a bottle, or a lollipop during take-off and landing to reduce possible earaches. If your child is receiving medical treatment or suffers from travel sickness, please remember to bring his or her medical record and medications. 

Am I allowed to bring liquid food for my baby on the airplane ? 

Yes this is allowed. It is also advised to bring along baby bottles and food (including baby food in liquid form) with the appropriate quantity for the trip for your baby.

Ensure also that your baby drinks plenty during the flight.

If you would like that your child is served a special menu made up of baby food and biscuits, you can request a children's meal during your flight reservation up to at least 24 hours before departure.

From what age may my baby travel ?

Travel is not recommended for infants in the 7 days following birth. 

May I travel with a stroller ?

You can transport a foldable stroller and car seat in the hold at no extra charge. Some strollers may be accepted in the cabin, subject to space availability. Depending on the type of stroller, the following size limits apply:

  • Small foldable stroller*: dimensions cannot exceed 15 cm x 30 cm x 100 cm / 5.9 in x 11.8 in x 39.4 in
  • Other foldable stroller: it replaces the hand baggage allowance for infants, and its dimensions cannot exceed: 55 cm x 35 cm x 25 cm / 21 in x 13 in x 9 in. You must pack the stroller in a carrying case that covers it fully.

Please note : for security reasons, some airports may have to deny access to strollers inside the boarding areas.

 

* On long-haul flights, except between metropolitan France and Cayenne, Fort-de-France, Havana, Mauritius, Pointe-à-Pitre, Punta Cana, Reunion, Saint-Martin and Santo Domingo and if there is sufficient space in the baggage hold.

Summary of Air France’s best practice advice for travelling with babies and young children

  • Travel is not recommended for infants in the 7 days following birth. 
  • Avoid travel if your infant is ill. 
  • Bring enough bottles and food for the trip. 
  • Please remember to bring the items you need for changing your infant (nappies, wipes, etc.). 
  • Make sure your infant drinks amply during the trip. 
  • Prior to departure, please remember to make sure you have all your child's documents required by the police, customs agents and immigration officers at your destination country. 
  • If you are bringing a stroller on board, please remember to affix a label displaying your contact information (name, address, phone number and e-mail). 
  • If your child is receiving medical treatment or suffers from travel sickness, please remember to bring his or her medical record and medications. 
  • Choose comfortable and warm clothing (sweaters and socks). 
  • During take-off and landing, give your child a sweet or chewing gum, or a soother, bottle, lollipop or cookie for infants, to reduce possible earaches.

The above information is subject to change at the discretion of Air France : Click to obtain further details from Air France - 

 

TRAVELLING WITH A BABY WITH VOLOTEA

Can I travel with my baby ?

Babies from 7 days to 23 months of age can fly on their father or mother's lap. However, you may not board the cabin of the plane with car seats, strollers, or cots.

You can take a baby carriage up to the boarding gate, where our staff will take it and stow it in the baggage compartment. Once at your destination, your baby carriage will be delivered to you at baggage claim. We remind you that there is no charge for stowing baby carriages. 

For security reasons, babies under 7 days of age may not fly on board our flights.

If babies do not have their own seat on the plane, they do not have the right to bring carry-on baggage. All passengers with seats have the right to one handbag up to 10 kg without charge. Babies should share baggage with the person responsible for bringing the baby with them.

Babies must pay the single fee defined in the service fees table, in the Baby fare (under 2 years) section.

Can I fly with a stroller ?

Yes. You can bring the baby carriage (for babies) with you. Volotea does not apply any additional charge for transporting a stroller.

You can take a baby carriage up to the boarding gate, where Volotea staff will take it and stow it in the baggage compartment. Once at your destination, your baby carriage will be delivered to you at baggage reclaim. 

Do babies have the right to their own baggage ?

If babies (under 2 years old) do not have their own seat on the plane, they do not have the right to bring carry-on baggage. All passengers with seats have the right to one handbag up to 10 kg without charge. Babies should share baggage with the person responsible for bringing the baby with them.

The above information is subject to change at the discretion of VoloteaClick to obtain further details from Volotea 

 

YOU ARE WAITING ON A NEW ARRIVAL ?

 

Being pregnant does not prevent you from travelling by air. Here is some advice to best prepare your trip.

 

Do I need medical approval when travelling pregnant ? 

We recommend you seek your doctor's advice before travelling.

 

Tips from Air France in relation to pregnant women travelling by air : 

Air Frabce advises not to travel beyond the 36th week of pregnancy. If you encounter any complications, you can travel up to the 34th week of pregnancy provided you have a medical certificate. 

Can I travel when pregnant with VOLOTEA ?

Volotea will carry pregnant women until the 27th week of pregnancy (inclusive) without the need for them to bring a medical certificate. If travel takes place between the 28th and 35th weeks of pregnancy (inclusive), an original medical consent must be carried that confirms the woman's fitness to fly, states the period of validity of the document and includes the registration number and signature of the doctor.

Women in their 36th week or more of pregnancy will not be permitted to fly.

Check on VOLOTEA website 

 

Tip four your trip

  • Choose layered and comfortable clothing.
  • Wear compression stockings to facilitate blood circulation.
  • Walk around from time to time. Reserve an aisle seat so that you may leave your seat with ease.
  • Drink often, but avoid carbonated beverages.
  • Avoid overly generous portions at mealtimes.
  • Attach your seat belt below the abdomen, low on the pelvis.
  • Avoid travel in the final month of pregnancy, as well as during the first 7 days after delivery.