Infants and Child Passengers

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To find out more about the flight services and flight rules which apply to our infant and child passengers, please click the headings below.

  • Infants

    An infant is a child who has not yet reached its 2nd birthday. (0-24 months)

    Acceptance and Regulations:

    • Newborn babies cannot be accepted for travel within first 48 hours after birth.
    • Babies older than 48 hours old and younger than 7 days old traveling for medical reasons are accepted if they have medical clearance stating “fit to travel by air carriage”
    • Infant tickets will be issued for infant passengers. Infants are not issued with their own seat.
    • One adult can escort one infant only. Escorts (except parents) must be older than 18 years old.
    • Infants are accepted in all cabins within the aircraft.
    • An infant can travel on the lap of an adult, with the use of a seatbelt extension.
    • If requested, an infant may travel in a seat at an additional cost. If a seat has been purchased, a child's ticket will be issued for the infant. If a child's ticket has been purchased, a baby stroller/child seat should be provided by the passenger.
    • An adult may only accompany one infant on a single flight. A second infant must have an additional adult accompanying them. If there is no accompanying adult, a child's ticket must be purchased for the second infant. If a child's ticket has been purchased, a baby stroller must also be brought.
    • Hostesses cannot provide companion services for infants.
    • Since baby food falls into the category of “special meal” on our flights, special meal (Baby Meal) request must be made either while making a reservation or at least 24 hours before scheduled takeoff. Two types of baby meal; fruit and vegetable are available in jars. In case of failure to request in advance, a limited amount of extra baby meal is available on flights.
  • Child passengers

    Passengers over 2 and under 12 years of age as of the date of travel are considered child passengers.

    • Child's tickets will be issued for child passengers.
    • Child passengers will be issued seats like other passengers.
    • Children are accepted in all cabins within the aircraft.
    • Passengers between 2 and 7 years of age may only travel with parents or a companion who is at least 18 years of age. Please click the links below for more information.
    • Children between 7 and 12 years of age may travel alone or with a companion hostess.

    Child Passengers Traveling with a Companion Hostess

    On the request of their parents or an individual authorized by their parents, children over 2 and under 7 years of age will be allowed to travel as they are escorted by a companion hostess provided by one of our Partners (fees apply).

    • Reservations of attended child passengers must be made at least 48 hours before the flight.
    • The language spoken by the attended child must be specified in the application.
    • The request may only be made by the child passenger's parents or an individual authorized by their parents.
    • All costs related to the accompanying cabin crew are to be borne by the passenger.
    • In order for a child passenger to travel with a companion hostess, a parent or legal guardian must fill in and sign an "Accompanied Child Transit Authorization Form".
    • This document will be collected by the companion hostess along with the child passenger, and the child passenger will be handed over to the the authorized person indicated on the form after they have signed it. If the individual handing over the child passenger to staff at the airport is not the child passenger's parent or legal guardian, a notarized document giving them permission to do so must be presented.
    • The parents/parent's representative of the attended child passenger has to wait in the airport until the airplane takes off.
    • In the event that the person delivering the attended child to the airport is not the child's parent or the child's parent's legal representative, the persons authorized by the parents of their legal representatives must submit a notarized "Authorization Document" to Turkish Airlines on the day of the flight.

    Child Passengers Traveling Alone

    Child passengers who have celebrated their seventh birthday on or before the day of travel, but haven't yet celebrated their twelfth birthdays, who are permitted by their parents or legal guardians to travel unattended.

    • In order for the children to travel unattended, all reservations of every flight have to be approved.
    • There is a separate check-in counter in the Istanbul Ataturk Airport for children that travel unattended. In other airports, unattended child travelers are given priority.
    • In order for a child passenger to travel unaccompanied, a parent or legal guardian must fill in and sign an "Unaccompanied Child Transit Authorization Form".
    • This document will be collected along with the unaccompanied child passenger, and the child passenger will be handed over to the the authorized person indicated on the form after they have signed it. If the individual handing over the child passenger to staff at the airport is not the child passenger's parent or legal guardian, a notarized document giving them permission to do so must be presented.
    • Child passengers will be accompanied by staff while carrying out all processes at the airport.
    • Child passengers are under the supervision of cabin crew during the flight.
    • The parents/parent's representative of the attended child passenger has to wait in the airport until the airplane takes off.