Laws in Italy have changed which affect Italian national children under 14 years of age when travelling alone.
As a result of this change, British Airways requires any Italian passport holder under 14 years flying out of Italy on their own to travel on the Skyflyer Solo service.
Please note that rules and regulations for children travelling alone may vary by country, so please check the applicable regulations with the local country authorities.
When you book your child to travel on a flight by themselves, we know you want to make sure they’re safe and have a fun flight. We offer a special service for children travelling alone called Skyflyer Solo for just that reason.
Things you need to know before booking
Please note that we cannot accept:
You can book your child’s flight and the Skyflyer Solo service by contacting your local British Airways office or your travel agent.
The Skyflyer Solo service cannot be booked on ba.com.
In most cases we will charge the adult fare for children travelling alone. In addition to the flight price, the Skyflyer Solo service fee per child, per sector, is approximately:
US $50 ($100 return trip) for shorthaul flights and flights within the UK
US $75 ($150 return trip) for longhaul flights
Exchange rates fluctuate, so the price may vary.
Other airlines, with whom we have alliances, may have different regulations, age limits, and charges, so do check when you make your flight booking.
Please contact your local British Airways office or your travel agent for further information.
On occasions where a large number of unaccompanied children are travelling on the same flight, British Airways provides an in-flight escort.
Due to the lengthy process for gaining visa clearance for the escort on routes to Algeria, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Russia, we can only offer a limited number of bookings for unaccompanied children on these flights.
Should this limit have been reached, you will be offered an alternative flight at the time of booking, so please book as early as possible.
Please note : the Skyflyer Solo service is not available on flight numbers BA001, BA002, BA003 and BA004 (Club World London City).
You will need to accompany your child to the airport and go to the designated check-in desk, to hand your child into our care.
You will not be able to use online check-in or an airport check-in kiosk.
Please be at the airport early, with your child, to check in - at least one hour before the flight's scheduled departure - and remain at the airport until their flight has actually departed.
At most airports there is a designated desk for children travelling alone. Please ask a member of airport staff for directions.
You will need to complete check-in formalities in order for us to accept your child for travel.
You will be asked for the completed and signed Declaration Form, contained in a distinctive blue wallet with red and white stripes, that advises us who will be collecting your child at the end of their journey.
We will also ask for your contact details in case there is any disruption to flights.
The Declaration Form will require the following information:
age and date of birth of your child
languages your child speaks if they do not speak English
whether they have any allergies or additional needs
name/address and telephone number both of the person delivering your child into our care and the name/address and telephone number of the person collecting your child at the destination; or the airline to which they are transferring, if applicable
a contact telephone number on which nominated parents/guardians can always be contacted both at the departing and arrival airport. This is particularly important should there be any disruption to flights.
Our ground staff will host your child from the aircraft through all the arrival procedures until they have met up with the person nominated to collect them, or the staff of the airline to which your child is transferring.
If the person collecting your child is delayed, it is essential that you advise us as we have limited hours of operation at some airports.
The safety and security of your child is of utmost importance and we do ask for photographic identification of the person collecting your child to make sure it is the person you have asked to meet them.
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