Children travelling

We love making both kids and their parents happy. Find out everything about making your family trip with KLM your best one yet!
 

Special fares for children

Kid and cabin crew

A trip with the kids is easy to arrange on KLM.com. When booking your flight, simply indicate if your baby or child will travel with you. The reduced fares for children or babies (if applicable) will automatically be calculated.

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Babies 0-1 years
If your child is under 2 years old on both your departure and return flight, he or she will travel sitting on your lap. Every adult may travel with 2 babies, but only 1 baby may sit on your lap. For the other baby, you need to book an extra seat. To book a seat for your baby, please contact the KLM Customer Contact Centre.


Children travelling alone
Is your child aged 5 up to and including 14 years old and travelling alone, or travelling in a different travel class than you as a parent or accompanying adult? In that case, our Unaccompanied Minor service is mandatory for the child.

For children aged 15 up to and including 17 years old, the service is optional. If you choose not to book the Unaccompanied Minor service, we will consider your child an adult passenger. In case of flight delay or cancellation, we’re always happy to help, if your child mentions his or her age and need for assistance to our KLM staff. However, for supervision in case of flight disruptions, make sure to book the Unaccompanied Minor service.


Flying Blue for children
Did you know your child can become a Flying Blue member from just 2 years old, and earn Miles just like an adult? Sign up your child now.

 

Prepare for travel

Travel documents

  • Is your child travelling alone, with only one parent or guardian, or with an adult that does not have parental authority? Before going through security control, you will have to complete a consent form. Read more about the consent form for minors travelling abroad  (English only).
  • Does your child have a different last name than you? Please bring the family booklet or birth certificate to prove your affiliation.
  • Children of European Union citizens travelling from, to or via countries in the European Union need to carry their own passport or ID card. Having their names entered in their parent’s passport is no longer permitted. This rule does not apply to document holders of the United Kingdom or Ireland.
  • Are you travelling with your child(ren) in Economy Class departing from an airport in the United Kingdom? Read more about the abolishment of Air Passenger Duty for children under 16 .
  • For travel to and from South Africa, children need to bring various documents, regardless if they travel with both parents, with one parent, with an accompanying adult or alone. Read more about the documents needed for travel to and from South Africa .
  • Read more about travelling with children on the website of the Dutch Ministry of Defence  (applicable for all nationalities) or check the website of the embassy of the country concerned.


Vaccinations and medicines
When travelling to a (sub)tropical destination, be sure to check if your family has all the right vaccinations. Check the health advice for your destination 

You can bring all necessary medication for your family on KLM flights – just make sure the person’s name is stated on the medication. If you want to bring more than 100 ml (3,4 oz) of liquid medication with you, please do not forget to bring a declaration from your doctor.


Pregnancy
If you are 36 weeks or more into your pregnancy, we advise you not to fly. We also discourage flying during the first week following delivery. If you are expecting more than 1 baby, we always advise you to consult your physician before flying. If you have had complications, you need to have permission to fly from your physician.

 

Baggage and buggies

Baggage
If your child has its own (booked) seat, he or she may bring the same amount of hand baggage and check-in baggage as an adult. On top of that, you may bring a collapsible buggy and a child car seat for each child that has its own seat.

For a child younger than 2 years of age who will be travelling on your lap, at no additional costs, you may bring:

  • 1 piece of hand baggage with baby care items, weighing max. 12 kg (26 lbs) and with dimensions of max. 55 x 35 x 25 cm (22 x 14 x 10 inch).
  • 1 piece of check-in baggage of max 10 kg (22 lbs).* If your child’s baggage is carried in one of the parents’ check-in baggage, this baggage may weigh no more than 23 kg (50.5 lbs) per piece.
  • 1 collapsible buggy (find extra information below)
  • 1 child car seat
* The Light ticket option on flights to or from the United States or Canada does not include check-in baggage for your baby.

Some of our partner airlines may have different baggage rules. Please contact your travel agency or the airline for further details.

Buggy
Umbrella strollers (max. 15 x 30 x 100 cm / 6 x 12 x 39 inch) may be taken into the cabin, if space allows for it. If it does not fit underneath the seat or in the overhead baggage compartment, we will take it into the hold at no extra charge. Larger buggies must always be checked in.

If facilities allow it, you may wheel your child in the tagged buggy to the departure gate. At the gate, the buggy must be handed in for loading. The buggy may be covered with a protective cover, but this cannot contain any other items.

 

Seats

Kid with luggage at the airport

You can reserve your seats on the seat map when booking, in My Trip, or when checking in online via KLM.com.

If you are travelling as a family, regular seats will be assigned to you free of charge at least 4 days before departure. We will try to have you all seated together. If this is not possible, we always guarantee for each child to sit next to an adult from your group. Of course, you are welcome to select seats for your family at an earlier stage, to ensure that you are all seated together. In that case, we recommend that you use the paid option for regular seat selection.


Carrycots
For intercontinental KLM flights, onboard carrycots can be reserved via My Trip or by contacting the KLM Customer Contact Centre. These cots are suitable for babies that are no longer than 65 cm and weigh no more than 10 kg on the day of the trip. Although we’ll do our very best, we cannot always guarantee the availability of a carrycot when you board the aircraft.


Child car seats
For each child, including babies travelling on your lap, you may always bring 1 child car seat free of charge on KLM flights. If you booked a seat for your child, we recommend that you bring your own child car seat on board. Make sure to meet these requirements:

  • The child car seat must be able to fit between the armrests of the aircraft seat, which is 42 cm (16.5 inch) wide.
  • Your child and the child car seat need to be secured according to the seat manufacturer’s instructions.
  • During take-off and landing, child car seats may be secured in a rear facing position. At cruising altitude, they must be placed facing forward, to allow recline of the seat in front.
  • A child car seat may show no defects and must be approved and visibly certified for air transport.
  • You will need to reserve the use of a car/child seat in advance. Please contact the KLM Customer Contact Centre or your local KLM ticket office.

You may also check in the child car seat free of charge, in which case above rules do not apply.

If you have booked a seat for your child on a KLM flight, you may also use a Child Aviation Restraint System (CARES) on board, if you meet these requirements:

  • Your child and the CARES need to be secured according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • The CARES may show no defects and must be approved for air transport and marked accordingly.
  • You will need to reserve the use of the CARES in advance. Please contact the KLM Customer Contact Centre or your local KLM ticket office.


Inflight bed/legrest extensions
If you booked a seat for your child, you may bring an inflight bed/legrest extension (e.g. Wick, BedBox, Fly Tot, 1st Class Kid Travel Pillow, Plane Pal). Such devices are allowed, as long as it is not attached directly to the seat. Inflight bed/legrest extensions that are attached to the seat (e.g. Fly LegsUp or FlyeBaby) are not permitted. Please note that it may not be used during take-off, taxiing or landing, and it may not impede others passengers. For your child’s safety, we advise not to use the child’s tray table for any hot beverages or meals. Next to that, please make sure your child’s head is pointing towards the tail of the aircraft, in order to be able to use the safety belt properly.

 

On board

Bluey mascot plane

Meals
For kids aged 2 years and older, we have special children’s meals on intercontinental KLM flights – at no extra cost. Make sure to make a reservation at least 24 hours before departure, when booking your flight or in My Trip. Dinner will be a real treat, such as a mini hamburger and fries. The exact menu varies per flight but our mascotte Bluey will be in every meal box, together with a junior pilot adventure game or junior pilot diploma.

For babies, we recommend bringing your own baby food. Any restrictions on bringing liquids do not apply to baby food. On intercontinental KLM flights, we have only a few special baby meals available. These are free of charge and do not need to be ordered upfront. Every 0-2 year old receives a free Bluey bib.

Read more about special meals


Entertainment
Onboard intercontinental KLM flights, every child aged 2 years and older receives a Bluey play set, containing a memory game and tic tac toe, and items such as pencils, a key cord, card game, sticker, baggage label and more. A Bluey eye mask will help your child get some rest during the flight. On European flights, children receive a Bluey passport holder and an activity book.

On intercontinental KLM flights, every seat has an inflight entertainment system. From movies to games – the flight won’t last long enough to try it all.

Flying soon? See what will be on 

On both European and intercontinental KLM flights, we allow the use of various types of portable electronic devices, such as handheld games and tablets. You just need to set your device to airplane mode or switch off the cellular service, and use headphones if your device produces sound.