Is there a service offered by Alitalia for children traveling alone?
Alitalia provides a special service for children traveling alone or when the accompanying adult travels in a different travel class. Depending on your child’s age and itinerary, the service is mandatory, the Unaccompanied Minor service, or optional, the Voluntary Unaccompanied Minor service.
How old should be my child to travel alone?
With regard to age restrictions, Alitalia imposes the following rules:
- On all flights, children 4 years of age and younger are not allowed to travel alone and must travel accompanied by a parent or an adult in the same travel class.
- On domestic flights:
- Children from 5 to 13 years of age may travel alone only if the Unaccompanied Minor service is booked.
- Children from 14 to 17 years of age may travel alone, but have the option to book the Voluntary Unaccompanied Minor service.
- On international flights:
- Children from 5 to 14 years of age may travel alone only if the Unaccompanied Minor service is booked.
- Children from 15 to 17 years of age may travel alone, but have the option to book the Voluntary Unaccompanied Minor service.
Unaccompanied Minor Service
You have to book the service by calling Special Assistance or through a travel agent. Address and telephone number of the person accompanying the minor to the departure airport, as well as of the person who will pick him/her up at the arrival airport, will be provided at that moment. The minor cannot be booked onto the last flight of the day to his/her destination from a stopover airport if there be connecting flights, unless that flight is the only flight departing that day.
The person accompanying the minor to the airport must remain there until the flight boarded by the Unaccompanied Minor is airborne. Unaccompanied Minors must check in at the airport check-in desk. Upon check-in, the following documents are required:
- A photocopy of the ID of the person accompanying the minor to the airport.
- Valid travel document for the minor.
- The Unaccompanied Minor form completed.
- Only for Italian minors under 14 years of age traveling on international flights, a Declaration of Temporary Guardianship for Travel Abroad signed by the parents/legal guardian and authenticated by the Questura, which includes the name of the airline to which the minor is entrusted.
The Unaccompanied Minor service fee is added to the child fare. There is no discount for siblings traveling together, but the fee may be combined with fare discounts depending on the destination, age and booking class. The additional charge is the same for direct and connecting flights (with stopovers) as follows:
- €60 one-way – flights within Italy.
- €75 one-way – medium-haul international flights.
- €125 one-way – long-haul international flights ($125 from the US).
Voluntary Unaccompanied Minor Service
This new service, called the Voluntary Unaccompanied Minor service, can be requested for underage passengers traveling alone and for whom the Unaccompanied Minor service is not mandatory. Alitalia offers accompaniment during travel for children between the ages of 14 to 17 for domestic air travel, and 15 to 17 for all air travel. You should book the Voluntary Unaccompanied Minor service by calling Alitalia Special Assistance.
The Voluntary Unaccompanied Minor service can be purchased for all flights operated by the Alitalia Group, and the fee must be paid after the reservation for the entire itinerary has been confirmed. The service charges and airport and in-flight assistance are the same as those applied to mandatory Unaccompanied Minors. The fee for the Voluntary Unaccompanied Minor service will be added to the adult ticket price – both group or individual – and applied via the issuance of a relative document. Because the service will also be guaranteed for connecting flights, Alitalia has to board the minor on a flight different from the one originally booked if a connection has been missed.