What age restrictions has Virgin Atlantic for babies?
For travel on Virgin Atlantic international routes, your baby must be healthy and at least 48 hours old.
When is it mandatory to reserve a seat for my baby?
Infants up to 2 years of age are not required to have their own reserved seat and may travel on an adult’s lap. Until your child’s second birthday, it’s your choice if you want to travel more comfortably and reserve a seat for your baby.
When one adult travels with two infants, he/she may hold only one infant, and an additional seat must be purchased for the second infant. One adult passenger may travel with maximum two infants.
Children 2 years of age and older must have their own reserved seat. Infants who reach 2 years old between their outbound and return trip will need a seat booked for the return flight.
Are there child discounts for travel on Virgin Atlantic flights?
Virgin Atlantic offers child discounts depending on the child’s age at the time of travel:
- Infant fares are for babies aged 0-2 years who are not occupying a seat. An infant under 2 years of age without a seat shall pay 10% of the adult fare (90% discount). If you wish to book a seat for your infant (under 2 years of age), you will pay the child fare.
- Child fares are for children aged 2-11 years and vary depending on the route and the type of fare, but they generally offer discounts of between 25% and 50%.
Infant on Lap
If you plan on traveling with your baby on your lap, you can book your flight online. For infants who do not have an assigned seat, baby meals must be requested in advance by contacting Virgin Atlantic.
Virgin Atlantic offers in-flight cots, which the cabin crew will install for you after take-off. Sky cots must be requested in advance, by phone, because these are offered free of charge but on a first come first served basis. There is a limited number of sky cots offered, and Virgin Atlantic will do everything it can to ensure that you receive your requested sky cot. However, these cannot be guaranteed. Depending on your aircraft, sky cots have very slightly different dimensions:
|Boeing B747 400||Economy and|
|9 kg (19.8 lbs)||740 mm (29”)|
35 x 21 x 74 cm
13.8” x 8.3” x 29”
|Boeing B787-9||Economy and|
|11 kg (24.25 lbs)||760 mm (30”)|
28.6 x 72.7 cm
11.25” x 28.6”
|Upper Class||11 kg (24.25 lbs)||750 mm (29.5”)|
35 x 24 x 76 cm
13.8” x 9.4” x 29.9”
There are no sky cots available in the Upper Class cabin on B747 400 aircraft operating to/from Gatwick or Manchester.
Infants not occupying their own seat are entitled to both hand and checked baggage allowances:
- Hand baggage – 1 piece with a maximum weight of 6 kg (13 lbs) and a maximum size of 23 x 36 x 56 cm (approximately 9 x 14 x 22 inches).
- Checked baggage:
- Economy Light fare – no allowance; 1 bag up to 23 kg may be purchased online for a GBP 45 / USD 60 fee.
- All other fares – 1 piece up to 23 kg (50 lbs) and a maximum size of 90 x 75 x 43 cm (35.5 x 29.5 x 16 in).
Additionally, passengers travelling with infants can bring a fully collapsible pushchair and car seat, which will fly in the aircraft hold, rather than the cabin. You may check the pushchair at the boarding gate. Upon landing, whenever possible, your pushchair will be ready and waiting at the aircraft doors. However, due to local customs restrictions at some destinations, you may have to reclaim it at the baggage hall. Virgin Atlantic does not allow extra baggage allowance to be purchased for infants.
Infants Traveling in Their Own Seats and Children
If you want to travel more comfortably, you can reserve a seat for your baby, but you must bring your own baby car seat to use on board. However, the use of car seats is prohibited where airbags are fitted, as are all the Upper Class suites and some Premium seats. Therefore, you can use your own car seat in the Economy cabin on all aircraft and in the Premium cabin on some aircraft, but not when traveling in Upper Class.
The car seat must not exceed the dimensions of the aircraft seat (it should fit into an area of 43 x 43 cm / 17 x 17 in), be designed to be secured by means of a normal aircraft single lap strap, and have a separate 5-point restraint harness. The car seat must also display one of the following approval labelings: EU approved labeling, Australia/New Zealand approved labeling, FAA approved labeling, or Canadian approved labeling.
When traveling in a child seat, children must be accompanied by a guardian aged at least 14 years of age. The adult must be seated next to the child. When one adult passenger is traveling with two children in the Economy cabin, both of them using child seats, the adult must be seated between the two children in the same seat row segment.
Children and infants for whom a ticket has been bought at the child fare will have the same baggage allowance as the accompanying adult, for both carry-on and checked baggage. In addition to your free checked baggage allowance, you may bring one fully collapsible pushchair and a car seat. Pushchairs may be used up until the boarding gate and retrieved at the aircraft doors if local regulations permit.