Cathay Pacific Airways flying with babies

Which are the conditions for acceptance of infants on Cathay Pacific flights?

Cathay Pacific allows an infant to travel after the first week of delivery if the baby in good health. The baby must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

When do I have to reserve a seat for my child?

An infant fare will be charged when they travel with a parent or guardian, and the infant does not occupy a seat. The baby must be under 2 years throughout the whole journey. If the infant turns 24 months old before the return trip, applicable tax, fee, child’s fare and charges apply.

The infant fare is calculated from a discount applied to the adult fare. If the infant discount is not offered for the adult fare purchased, the next higher fare that offers the infant discount will be used as the base for calculation. The infant fare is subject to tickets rules and conditions.

You have to reserve a seat for your child only if you want your infant under 24 months old to have their own seat and the usual baggage allowance or your child turns two years old before the return trip.

Can an adult travel with more than one infant on Cathay Pacific flights?

Up to two babies can be accepted to travel with each parent or guardian under the following conditions:

  • One infant must have reached 6 months and travel in an infant car safety seat. The applicable child fare will apply.
  • The other baby must be secured onto the parent’s lap with a child restraint device. The infant fare will be charged.
  • The parent or legal guardian should bring their own infant car safety seat which must comply with Cathay Pacific’s approved specifications.

Infant on Lap

All babies under 6 months old age must travel on the lap of an adult. Cathay Pacific will not allow them to occupy their own seat and travel in a car safety seat provided by the passenger, nor in a child restraint seat provided by Cathay Pacific.

Baggage Allowance

On Cathay Pacific flights, infants not occupying a seat are entitled to the following free baggage allowance plus a car seat and a stroller:

  • For all flights on which the Weight System applies, except point-to-point flights between Hong Kong and Auckland/Christchurch (operated by Cathay Pacific or Air New Zealand only) and flights to/from/via the Americas:
    • All classes – 10 kg (22 lbs) in maximum 2 pieces with maximum total dimensions of 203 cm (80 in) per piece.
  • On flights to/from/via the Americas:
    • 1 bag with maximum total dimensions of 115 cm (45 in) and the maximum weight of the travel class – 23 kg (50 lbs) in Economy, 25 kg (55 lbs) in Premium Economy, and 32 kg (70 lbs) in Business and First class.
  • On flights point-to-point flights between Hong Kong and Auckland/Christchurch (operated by Cathay Pacific or Air New Zealand only):
    • All classes – 1 bag with maximum total dimensions of 158 cm (62 in) and a maximum weight of 23 kg.

When you are travelling with a child or an infant, you may carry on board free of charge an approved car safety seat, a small bag of food and nappies (for consumption on the flight) and/or an umbrella type collapsible stroller (if cabin stowage is available). Baby buggies must be checked as hold baggage. For hygiene reasons any personal food items brought on board for consumption should not require reheating nor chilling.

Bassinets

Each aircraft is equipped with special baby bassinets. A bassinet measures 76.20 cm wide (30″) x 38.10 cm length (15″) x 20.32 cm deep (8″) and can carry babies up to 12 kg. However, a baby older than 6 months may feel uncomfortable in a bassinet. If a passenger is traveling with an infant, the request for a baby bassinet (BSCT) can be made at the time of reservation.

Infants with Reserved Seats and Children

If you prefer to purchase a seat at child fare for your infant, you must call the local Reservations Office or Online Services Support for ticketing assistance. Besides the items (approved car safety seat, small bag of food and nappies, collapsible, baby buggy) that you may carry or check free of charge when traveling with your child, children and infants with reserved seats have the same baggage allowance as adult passengers.

Infant and Child Car Seats

When traveling with children aged 6 months to 3 years, you can bring your own car safety seat for use onboard the aircraft. A separate passenger seat must be purchased for the infant or child occupying the car safety seat. The infant occupying the child safety seat must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian or a travel companion of at least 18 years of age, in the next passenger seat.

Car seats may be used on the following aircraft:

Subject to Cathay Pacific’s requirements, only forward-facing approved car safety seats are allowed. Due to safety requirements, car safety seats may not be used on some aircraft. Instead, Cathay Pacific may offer specifically designed Child Restraint Seats (CRS), with prior reservation.

Child Restraint Seat

Child Restraint Seats are available for children and infants who have reached 6 months of age but are under 36 months old, with a maximum height of 100 cm (40 in) and a maximum weight of 20 kg (44 Ibs). The parent or guardian must purchase a separate seat for the infant using the Child Restraint Seat. A child fare will be charged, but no extra charge on lease of Child Restraint Seat. Passengers are required to make a reservation through the Cathay Pacific local reservations office or a travel agent at least 1 day before the flight departure time, subject to availability. One parent or legal guardian can only reserve one Child Restraint Seat per flight.

Child Restraint Seats are available in Business Class only on select aircraft: Boeing B777 300ER (77H), Airbus A330 300 (33K), and Airbus A330 300 (33E).

When a passenger has a confirmed Child Restraint Seat booking, he/she must complete check-in at the airport no later than 1 hour and a half before the flight departure time and present at the boarding gate no later than 50 minutes before flight departure.

CARES Safety Harness

The CARES harness (the first and only harness-type Aviation Child Safety Device) can only be used on the following aircraft:

Amenities

Each aircraft is equipped with special baby bassinets and has at least two toilets with special fold-down tables for changing babies. Kids from 3 to 6 years will be offered a colorful children’s fun pack with stationery, games and activity books. This service is only applicable to flights to/from Australasia, South Africa, Europe, North America, India and Middle East. Cathay Pacific serves children’s meals with colorful cutlery. Special infant and junior meals are also available for very young children and toddlers.

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