Flying twins

 Flying With Twins Or A Baby And Toddler? Some Extra Information.

Flying with a baby can be daunting, but perhaps flying with twins or triplets more so. Here is some more information, which will help you be more prepared.

1) If you are flying with 2 or more children under 2, and they don’t have their own seat, you cannot travel alone. You will need another adult or see if the airline provides an escort, which will be at a cost. No airline will allow you to carry 2 babies on your lap.

Airline/Country policies vary but in the UK, the CAA states that babies 6 months or under, must be seated on the lap for take-off and landing and turbulence, therefore using car-seats and paying for a seat each for twins is not an option at this age. However, British Airways states on their website that,

” if you’re travelling with two infants and at least one is aged between 6 and 23 months, you can buy one infant ticket and one child fare, as long as the second infant is sitting in an approved car seat.” So if you have quadruplets, then as long as 2 adults travel, and 2 of the babies are seated in a carseat and the other two on each adults lap, then you are good to go.

Whereas in the USA, airline dependant, you can travel with twin babies under 6 months as long as one is in a carseat, in a purchased seat.

2) Some airlines may not allow you to sit together if you and your partner and

Even some time for a selfie on a flight.

Even some time for a selfie on a flight.

twins are travelling. This is because on most airplanes, there is only 1 extra oxygen mask per row. The bassinet seat positions have as many oxygen masks extra as there are bassinets. So if you don’t get your bassinet request, be prepared to be seated separately. imageimage

3) Some airlines like Emirates, have twin strollers available at transit stops etc. Do your research before you purchase your ticket, and see what facilities airlines have and what their policies are and factor that in when you purchase your tickets. Remember Gulf Air and Etihad Airlines have a fully trained Sky Nanny as part of their service and she’s free!

 

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Tips for flying with twins- extra information to prepare you for booking the flight, choosing your airline and knowing what to expect. Flying with twins needs a little more preparation as airlines policies on use of car seats and bassinets vary, so a bit of research before you travel can really help.

4 Comments

  1. Hi Carrie,

    Thank you so much for all your time effort and help.

    I am going to fly with a 1 year old and a 2 1/2 year old next year from Auckland to either Munich or Vienna (either airport is fine). As i will be travelling by myself i find this thought rather daunting and would be extremely grateful for your advice. My one year old would qualify for the bassinett however i am concerned he may not fit anymore. Lufthansa would have the longest dimensions, however from all mums i have heard travelling from NZ back to germany the singapore airline is significantly more childfriendly than lufthansa or austrian airlines. Which airline would you reco mend? Would you also recommend buying an extra seat? Ethiad airlines would fly too(nanny) however the flight would add another stop and also another 8hours or so to the journey.

    Many thanks in advance,

    Kindest,

    Berit

  2. Your 1 year old should fit the bassinet with Singapore or Lufthansa. We are currently in Australia and flew with both Emirates and Malaysian and their bassinet length is shorter than both Lufthansa and Singapore. My little girl was not quite one year old on the outbound sector and fitted in. Lufthansa is quite a few cm's longer at 83cm whereas the others are around 75/76cm.

    I would choose the airline which offers the shortest route and also offers night flights so you can get them settled at the beginning of the flight, before any transit stops.. Singapore is a great transit airport though and Bangkok is pretty good too. You may not get the chance to properly sleep but your two little ones will, meaning you have less entertaining to do and an opportunity to close your eyes.
    Singapore are very family friendly and Lufthansa may need a bit of prompting! Definitely ask fairly early on if you can have your food a little after feeding yours, as balancing their trays and yours with little hands trying to reach out, can prove a bit tricky. Also ask if there are spare seats and if there is any chance they could keep one free for you. The extra space really helps, even if it's just somewhere to put a discarded meal tray. I don't think you need to pay for an extra seat when you can have bassinet etc.

    Another option, which is probably my favourite, is to consider staying at Singapore or Bangkok airport transit hotel for the night on the way through? Means you can stretch, sleep and shower and feel a bit more relaxed as breaking the journey up.
    Also see my posts on the different airline facilities and compare as Singapore have great kid meal options and Lufthansa have good snacks etc..

    Hope this helps a little.

  3. Hi, I plan on flying to USA from London with my 17 month old twins. Do you recommend a day or night flight? We have flights that need using with BA and haven’t paid for additional seats but have a bassinet seat. We are dreading the flight and tempted to not go but will be losing a lot of money. Thanks in advance for any advice

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