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Cathay Pacific Flying With Kids Information

All the Cathay Pacific flying with kids information in one place. Including:

  • Flying when pregnant
  • Flying with a newborn baby, and baby or toddler under two
  • Kids’ baggage allowance
  • Car seat policy
  • Other child restraint device policies
  • Pushchair/stroller policy
  • Bassinet policy
  • Are Sleep devices and child ride-ons/leg rests permitted?
  • Baby and child meals
  • Inflight entertainment for children
  • Other family services provided
Flying With Kids Information Cathay Pacific

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While it is generally safe to fly while pregnant, Cathay Pacific advises all pregnant passengers to consult their treating doctor or midwife before planning a trip. It is recommended that all pregnant passengers carry documentation stating the expected date of delivery whilst travelling.

Acceptance of pregnant passengers

Passengers with uncomplicated pregnancy, who have reached their 28th week, should refer to the table below to understand all the requirements and certificates needed to ensure acceptance onboard our flights.

For your safety, Cathay Pacific Airways reserves the right to deny boarding under the following circumstances:

  • if you are not carrying a medical certificate
  • if your medical certificate is outdated or does not contain the information required
Pregnancy detailsPregnancy stageMedical certificate required*MEDA form required
Uncomplicated single pregnancyBefore 28th weekNoNo
28th – 36th weekYes
(Certificate must be dated within 10 days of the initial outbound travel date)
After 36th week
(i.e. 35 weeks + 7 days)
Not accepted onboardNot accepted onboard
Uncomplicated multiple pregnancyBefore 28th weekNoNo
28th – 32nd weekYes
(Certificate must be dated within 10 days of the initial outbound travel date)
After 32nd week
(i.e. 31 weeks + 7 days)
Not accepted onboardNot accepted onboard

*An English medical certificate is required, stating:

  • whether it is a single or multiple pregnancy
  • the estimated week of pregnancy
  • the expected date of delivery (EDD)
  • that you are in good health and the pregnancy is progressing normally, without complications
  • that you are fit to travel

Acceptance of passengers with complicated pregnancies

For passengers with complicated pregnancies (i.e. pregnancy with any form of complication), acceptance to travel will depend on clinical information stated in the MEDA form and reviewed by our Company Aviation Medical Team on case by case basis – medical clearance from our medical team is required prior to travel. Please ensure you and your treating doctor complete our MEDA form and submit it no later than 48 hours prior to your planned departure.

It is recommended to have health insurance / travel insurance to cover pregnancy-related problems for your travels. You should also check whether the medical facilities at the destination country are adequate to cope with any problems which may arise during your visit and avoid travelling to remote locations whilst pregnant.

If you require medications during your pregnancy, you must have an adequate supply for the journey. Please remember that certain medications, such as some types of malaria prophylaxis and vaccinations, cannot be used during pregnancy. If the destination country requires such prophylaxis, it may be better to postpone the journey until after your pregnancy.

Some countries place limitations on the entry of non-national pregnant women. It is advisable to check with the local consulate to confirm the country specific requirements.


Medical clearance is required for passengers travelling within 7 days of their delivery date. Infants cannot travel for 48 hours after birth and need medical clearance to travel between 3 and 7 days after delivery.

You can obtain further information from your obstetrician or midwife, or from the website of the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.


Cathay Pacific welcomes families travelling with infants, which are defined as children aged between 7 days and up to 24 months old. A parent or guardian (aged 18 or above) is required to travel in the same cabin as the infant at all times.

There are two types of tickets that can be booked if you are travelling with young children under 12 years of age: infant or child. There will be no booked seat for an infant ticket type.

Infant ticket price is calculated from a discount applied to an adult ticket. If the adult ticket doesn’t offer an infant discount, the next higher fare that offers the discount will be used as the base for calculation. The infant ticket is also subject to fare rules and conditions.

Travelling with more than one infant

If you are travelling with more than one infant on board, please note that each parent or guardian may bring a maximum of two infants.

Conditions for bringing more than one infant on board:

  • One of the two infants must reach 6 months old and occupy an infant car safety seat. The applicable child fare will be charged.
  • The other infant must be secured onto the parent or guardian with a child restraint device. Infant fare will be charged.
  • The parent or guardian should bring their own infant car safety seat, which must comply with the Safety seats and devices.
  • These conditions are subject to aircraft type. Some car safety seats, child restraint devices and CARES harnesses are not able to be used on our seats due to safety requirements. For further information, please contact our reservation office. See safety seats and devices


For their safety, child passengers aged between 2 and 12 years old travelling on a Cathay Pacific flight need to be accompanied by their parents or guardians (at least 18 years old) at all times. Children under 6 years old must travel in the same cabin class with their parents or guardians.

Travelling with a child ticket

A child ticket is especially convenient if you bring your own personal car safety seat or plan on using other safety devices.

Please note that not all safety devices are usable or available on all types of aircraft or classes.

If you get a child ticket, your child will have their own seat and also the usual baggage allowance.

Infants who become children while travelling

An infant must be under 24 months old throughout the whole journey to qualify for an Infant Ticket type. If the infant turns two years old before the return trip, you will need to pay the applicable child fare, tax, fee, and charges. 



Infant(s) with no booked seat(s)Check-in baggage allowance per infantOther allowances per infant
On most flightsTotal of 10kg/22lbs and maximum 2 pieces1 car seat & 1 stroller
Direct to/from Hong Kong from/to Auckland/Christchurch1 piece of 23kg, with dimension max. 158cm1 car seat & 1 stroller
All Cathay Pacific flights to/from Americas1 piece with a weight allowance equivalent to an adult ticket in the same class, with dimension max. 115cm1 car seat & 1 stroller
Cathay Pacific Check-in baggage allowance for infants less than 2 years old

Bag allowance for infants

  • An approved car safety seat
  • A small bag of food and nappies (for consumption on the flight)
  • An umbrella-type collapsible stroller or any type of foldable stroller within the standard cabin bag size and weight after folding (if cabin stowage is available)


Children of any age up to 12 years old with booked seats has the same standard baggage allowance as an adult booking: 30kg /66lbs Total per passenger (Maximum 2 pieces).

FAA approved car seats, stickers showing airline approved car seats
Airline approved car-seat label examples


If you have infants or children between 0 and 36 months (under 3 years) old, you can consider bringing your own car safety seat on board (please note that booster seats are not permitted). The consistency of using your own personal car safety seat that your child is familiar with offers the sense of security and comfort that an unfamiliar one would not.

Travelling with a car safety seat

  • A separate passenger seat must be purchased for the infant/child occupying the car safety seat.
  • The infant/child occupying the car safety seat must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or travel companion of at least 18 years of age, occupying an adjacent passenger seat. 
  • The parent/ travel companion’s is responsible for installing the car safety seat onto the passenger seat. 
  • Due to safety requirements, safety seats may not be used on some of our aircraft passenger seats.

To know whether the installation of a car safety seat is available in the cabin class and aircraft assigned to your flight, click this link.

The car safety seat needs to be

  • For infants or children aged between 0 and 36 months (under 3 years) old
  • Forward-facing and in operational condition
  • Rear-facing car safety seats are also permitted if the use of such seat will not cause any impact on other passengers’ comfort. You should contact Cathay Reservations Offices to request for an assigned seat.
  • Possess a well-defined shell (e.g. a plastic frame), and if there is a separate shell and understructure, they must be securely attached to each other
  • Designed so you can quickly and easily secure and take care of your child
  • Your child should not be able to easily adjust or loosen the harness straps of the car safety seat. It should be a single-release harness that secures a child’s lap, torso and shoulders with a minimum width of 25 mm (1 in).

The inflight requirements of the car safety seat

  • The car safety seat must be secured to a passenger seat for the whole flight
  • The adult safety belt should not be secured over your infant or child in the car safety seat with an integral harness. Nor should the adult safety seat buckle lie on any sub-frame of the car safety seat after the belt is tightened and secure.

The seat must meet one of the following safety standards

  • European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) ETSO-C100b
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) TSO-C100, TSO-C100a, TSO-C100b, or TSO-C100c
  • European Safety Standard requirements of ECE Regulation 44
  • United States Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard FMVSS 213
  • Australia/New Zealand Standard (AS/NZS) 1754
Car seats airplane, child restraint devices CARES harness back
CARES harness (front) Photo courtesy of Tim Kelley AmSafe CARES

Other Child Restraint Device Policies

CARES safety harness

If you will be travelling with children under the age of three years old, you can consider bringing your own CARES harness on board.

You (or the child’s travelling companion) need to provide your own CARES harness. You must purchase a separate seat for the infant or child to use the harness in, and the seat will cost the price of a regular child fare.

You must inform reservation staff when you book the seat – and our ground staff at check-in – that you intend to use the CARES harness inflight.

Using the CARES safety harness

If you plan on using the CARES harness, please remember that your child should be:

  • Seated in a forward-facing passenger seat of his or her own
  • Able to comfortably sit upright and unsupported
  • Under 1 metre tall
  • Between 10kg (22 lbs) and 20 kg (44 l bs)
  • Aged below 3

Please note that a child aged between 2 and 3 who weighs between 10 and 15 kg (22 and 33 lbs) is not required to use a CARES harness. See more details about the CARES harness here.


Bag allowance for infants include an umbrella-type collapsible stroller or any type of foldable stroller within the standard cabin bag size and weight after folding (if cabin stowage is available).


Does Cathay Pacific supply a bassinet/carrycot?

All Cathay Pacific aircrafts are equipped with special baby bassinets.

How do I reserve a bassinet/carrycot on Cathay Pacific?

You can make the request for a baby bassinet at the time of reservation.

What is the size/weight limit for Cathay Pacific‘s bassinets/carrycots?

Cathay Pacific’s onboard bassinet measures 76.20 cm x 38.10 cm x  20.32cm (30 in x 15 in x 8 in) and can carry up to 12 kg (26.5 lbs).

Plane Pal and Flyaway travel bed to help kids sleep on a flight
Gadgets to help kids sleep on a flight!


On board use of children’s sleeping devices is subject to Cathay Pacific’s acceptance. Devices that do not affects the functionalities of a seat or cause any impact on other passengers’ comfort, such as a JETKIDS Bedbox, are accepted. 

Examples of devices that are NOT accepted include Fly LegsUp and Flyebaby hammock.

Bedbox travel bed image


Does Cathay Pacific provide baby food?

Yes. For Baby Meals, commercially prepared food is usually supplied. It consists of one junior-strained meat or vegetable dish (savoury dish), one junior dessert and one baby juice.

Does Cathay Pacific provide child meals?

Yes. Cathay Pacific serves healthy and nutritious children’s meals with colourful and child-safe cutlery. You can place your children’s meal request in Manage Booking.


Inflight entertainment

Cathay Pacific has a fantastic selection of family-friendly movies from cartoons to anime, all especially picked for kids.

Fun pack

Kids 3-6 years old will be offered a colourful children’s fun pack full of goodies to keep them occupied on the flight, which includes stationery, games, and activity books – all of which they can take home with them after the trip.

Please note: Cathay Pacific are unable to provide the fun pack on flights travelling solely within Northeast and Southeast Asia.


Diaper changing tables – Each aircraft has at least two toilets with fold-down tables for changing diapers.


Find out all the information about flying with kids on your airline. From car seats to strollers allowed in the airplane cabin, to lap infants to bassinets, luggage allowance, facilities on board and much much more.

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