Qantas Airways flying with babies

Does Qantas Airways impose age restrictions regarding acceptance of children?

Infants (children under 2 years old) may travel on Qantas Airways flights without additional requirements after 7 days of delivery. Infants cannot travel for 48 hours after delivery. Between 3 and 7 days after delivery, infants may travel provided that you obtain Qantas medical clearance at least 5 days before your flight.

When does Qantas Airways require a ticket purchase for my child?

Until they reach their second birthday, infants may travel on their parent’s tickets on domestic flights. Children at least 2 years or older must have their own tickets.

A ticket purchase and reservation of a separate seat is required when the infant will be traveling in a child safety seat.

When one adult travels with more than one infant, each additional infant must occupy a seat, and a ticket must be purchased at the applicable child fare. The infant must be able to sit upright without assistance or travel in an approved child restraint.

For international flights, infants must have their own ticket regardless of age.

Does Qantas Airways offer discounts for infants or children?

Infants under 2 years without a seat reserved, held in the parent’s lap, travel free of charge on domestic flights and for 10% of the applicable adult fare (plus taxes and surcharges) on international flights.

For both domestic and international flights, Qantas Airways offers special airfares for children and infants. These are available on certain less restrictive fare types, and conditions may apply. Discounts apply for infants under 2 years with a seat and children from 2 to 11 years old. Discounts are based on the fare type and the fare amount (excluding surcharges, fees and taxes) paid by the accompanying adult. Surcharges, fees and taxes that apply are then added.


All check-in options are available to you when traveling with an infant. At the time of booking or when you update your booking, a meal can be requested online for your infant.

Baggage Allowances

Infants are not entitled to a carry-on allowance, but the accompanying adult is allowed, in addition to his/her carry-on allowance, to carry on board food and diapers required during the flight. In addition to checked baggage allowance, the accompanying adult is allowed to check 3 infant items (collapsible stroller or pushchair, collapsible bassinet or cot, car seat or baby capsule).

When traveling on domestic flights, there is no free checked baggage allowance for infants. When traveling on international flights to/from North and South America, infants are allowed to check 1 piece of checked baggage with total dimensions not exceeding 115 cm (45 in) and a maximum weight of 10 kg (22 lbs). When traveling on all other international flights, infants have a baggage allowance of 10 kg (22 lbs).

No matter if the infant is entitled to a free checked baggage allowance or not, Additional Baggage Allowance is not available for purchase for infants. The adult traveling with the infant must purchase the Additional Baggage Allowance and check in together with the infant.

Child Safety Seat

When you intend to use a child safety seat (car seat) or a CARES restraint device for your infant, you must reserve and purchase a separate seat and obtain pre-approval for your device at least 24 hours before departure. You must contact your local Qantas Office to get pre-approval for the use of a child seat. Approval cannot be obtained on departure at the airport, but you will also need to show the device to the check-in staff on the day of your travel.

If approved by Qantas, child restraint devices secured to an aircraft seat can be used for carriage of infants, but also children aged up to 5 years. You may use the following information as a guide when planning your baby’s travel on the next Qantas flight:

  • Infants weighing under 9 kg (20 lbs) – rear facing child restraint systems.
  • Infants and children weighing 9-18 kg (20-40 lbs) – forward facing child restraint systems.
  • Children over 4 years of age or over 18 kg (40 lbs) and/or 100 cm tall – a standard passenger seat is recommended.
  • Children weighing 10-20 kg (22-44 lbs) – the Child Aviation Restraint System (CARES), a harness style restraint device, is a pre-approved alternative to car seats (suitable for children aged 2 to 4 years).


On international flights, bassinets are available on Boeing B787, Airbus A380 and Airbus A330 aircraft. Bassinets on Qantas flights have a weight limitation of 11 kg and are approximately 71 cm long, 31 cm wide, 26 cm deep. The number of bassinets is limited so you should select a Seat with Bassinet in advance online (for a charge when traveling in the Economy cabin, complimentary when traveling  in First, Business, or Premium Economy cabins). 

On domestic flights, bassinets are available only on Airbus A330 aircraft and cannot be booked in advance, but only requested at the time of check-in, subject to availability.


On Qantas flights, children receive the same baggage allowance as adults. In addition to the checked baggage allowance children up to 12 years of age are permitted one car seat and one collapsible stroller or pushchair free of charge. Pre-purchased Additional Baggage Allowance is available for children.

At the time of booking or when you update it, a child’s meal can be requested online for children aged 2 to 11 (conditions apply).

To keep your children occupied from the time you arrive at the airport until you land at your destination, Qantas Airways offers a range of facilities and inflight activities:

  • Family Zone at selected Qantas Clubs.
  • Complimentary kids’ kits (an aircraft window shaped etch-a-sketch and activity booklet) for kids between the ages of 3 and 6 years old.
  • Inflight entertainment for kids: movies, radio, audiobooks, and the Joey Club art studio interactive coloring game.

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