Top Family Friendly Airlines
The table below shows the Top Family Friendly Airlines in terms of the facilities and amenities they provide. Airlines are becoming increasingly aware of how important family friendly airlines are to parents. Often, it can be the deciding factor, especially if flying long haul. Obviously, every family has different priorities which make the flight experience better for them, and these priorities often depend on the age of their child travelling. But in general, everyone likes a helpful airline, with resources to entertain children and good baggage allowances. Many of these airlines offer 10kg for infants checked in allowance on top of the stroller/car seat allowance but others go even further and allow 23kg or more!
Furthermore, good meals options and extra comforts all provide welcome relief for some of the stresses parents have about flying with young children. Some airlines go the extra mile and provide extra inflight entertainment, including face painting, cookie making, balloon art and magic tricks! (Look for the balloon icon in the table below for those special amenities),
For detailed information on exactly what individual airlines provide on board, including entertainment, activity pack contents, sky nannies, kids lounges, cookie making and SO much more – read this post on ‘Baby & Child Amenities Available On -Board Your Flight
With this in mind, here are the best of those; my top family friendly airlines for various ages.
(Note that with regard to the meals, these airlines all provide child and baby
meals on request, but I’ve included those that go the extra mile and include toddler meals too. Also note that Air New Zealand provide a sky couch for an extra fee which is great for families).
You may have noticed that no US based airlines feature on the chart, but I would like to mention Jet Blue. They offer unlimited free snacks and drinks and kid TV channels too. They also allow a diaper bag as carry on.
• Qantas state there is no carry on allowance for infants but food and nappies etc required during the flight may be carried in addition to adults cabin allowance
+ Baby, toddler, .child food only from Incheon