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Children travelling alone

Girl playing outside with bubbles.

As a child, travelling alone can be an exciting experience but as a parent you need to know your child will be taken care of. Children up to the age of 12 years can fly with us if they are accompanied by someone 16 years or older, or they can travel alone using our Skyflyer Solo service.

Our partner airlines may have different regulations, age limits and charges so please check with them directly.

Skyflyer Solo service

Skyflyer Solo, is our dedicated service giving you peace of mind that your child will be looked after throughout their whole journey.

 Age of child Can you use our Skyflyer Solo?
Under 5 years Skyflyer Solo is unavailable, your child must travel with someone over the age of 16 years.
5-6 years You must book Skyflyer Solo but can only travel on BA non stop direct flights.
6-12 years You must book Skyflyer Solo and can travel on any BA flight.
12-18 years Your child can travel alone or use the Skyflyer Solo service.
We cannot:
  • offer Skyflyer Solo on our London City/New York services
  • transfer children on flights between London City, Heathrow and Gatwick airport
  • accept children on a flight with a night stop or stopover more than six hours, unless prior arrangements have been made by us on a BA connecting flight during the day time

Different legal requirements by country

Some countries have different rules about children travelling alone which you must be aware of.

Children with an Italian passport

  • Children, under 14 years of age, must hold a completed ‘Dichiarazione di Affido’ when travelling out of Italy. You must get this from a local police office as it is not available at the airport.
  • This form must be carried with your child’s passport and travel will be denied if the form is not completed.
  • If you do not live in Italy the authorisation can be issued by the Italian Embassy or Consulate.

Due to these restrictions you must book our Skyflyer Solo service, for any child under 14 years, if they are travelling alone.

Children with a Romanian passport

Romanian state law requires that all Romanian national children up to 18 years of age travel accompanied by an adult or travel on our Skyflyer Solo service.

Always check with the relevant country authorities for the latest  information.

Your child's journey with Skyflyer Solo

By booking our Skyflyer Solo service, our staff will accompany your child throughout their journey until they are collected by your nominated adult or transferring airline.

Ground staff with girl at London Heathrow T5.

At departure

Please arrive at check-in at least one and half hour before the flight is due to depart.

Before we can check-in your child for their flight:

  • You will need to complete a declaration form at the airport which must include this information.
  • We will need to verify your child’s travel documents

A staff member will take your child to the aircraft where our cabin crew will then look after them.

Please stay at the airport until you are sure your child’s flight has departed.

Child and cabin crew on board.

In the air

  • Once on board, our cabin crew will collect your child’s passport and return it to them before they leave the aircraft.
  • During the flight our cabin crew will keep an eye on your child and make sure they have everything they need.
  • If your child’s flight is more than 2 hours they will receive a Skyflyer activity pack to keep them entertained.
  • On longhaul flights your child will be able to enjoy our children’s inflight entertainment.
  • You can order a children’s meal when you book your ticket or after your booking has been confirmed through Manage My Booking.
  • To make sure your child has a comfortable flight, pack any medication, warm clothing and a favourite toy or game in their hand baggage.
A family at arrivals.

On arrival

  • When the flight arrives, our ground staff will escort your child through the airport arrivals process.
  • We will only release your child to the care of your nominated adult, or the airline your child is transferring to, once we have checked their valid official photo identification.
  • If your nominated adult is delayed advise us immediately as we have limited hours of operation at some airports.

How much will the Skyflyer Solo service cost?

On a British Airways flight in addition to buying an adult ticket for your child you will have to pay a Skyflyer Solo service fee.

 

Skyflyer Solo service fees
 Journey Per child each way
UK domestic flights USD 75
Shorthaul USD 75
Longhaul USD 100

Example:

Departing from Aberdeen to London Heathrow to New York JFK = USD 100

Returning from New York JFK to London Heathrow to Aberdeen = USD 100

 

USD rate will be converted on the day of booking

Skyflyer Solo service booking information

  • You can only book our Skyflyer solo service through our contact centre or with your travel agent. You cannot book this on ba.com.
  • You will need to pay the Skyflyer Solo fee at the same time you make your flight booking. If this is not done together you will be charged a fee to cancel your flight and reissue your ticket.
  • You need to make your booking at least 48 hours before you plan to fly.
  • All flights must be confirmed at the time of booking.
  • If you are booking through your travel agent, remember you will need your child’s passport details.

Contact us

Always contact the local authorities of the countries your child is travelling to or from to ensure you know what regulations, documentation and visas they will need.