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In the airline industry, an adult is any passenger aged 16 and older. Any passenger under the age of 16 planning to fly alone must be clear about the rules as they change depending on the airline. To know exactly how old do you have to be to fly alone, we’ve outlined below some of the most popular airlines in the UK’s policies on unaccompanied minors flying alone.

Unaccompanied minors

Thomas Cook

Minimum age for flying alone: Thomas Cook allows children of 12 years of age to travel unaccompanied.

Escort Service: The airline offers an escort service for children between 5-16 of age at £ 20-49.

British Airways

Minimum age for flying alone: British Airways permits children of 12 years of age to fly without being accompanied by an adult.

✓ Escort Service: The airline requires minors of age 5-12 to book their Skyflyer solo service.

The British Airways Skyflyer Solo escort service prices are:

  • UK domestic flights: USD 50
  • Short-haul flights: USD 50
  • Long-haul flights: USD 75


Minimum age for flying alone: Ryanair does not allow children under the age of 16 to fly alone.

Escort service: Not available


Minimum age for flying alone: easyJet does not allow children under the age of 14 to fly alone. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a person 16 years or older to fly with the airline.

 Escort service: Not available


Unaccompanied minors (4)

Aer Lingus

Depending on the age of the minor, Aer lingus may allow minors to travel unaccompanied, but may require special permission.

Minimum age for flying alone: 12 years old.

  • Children 12-15 years old: May travel unaccompanied, however, an adult must sign the Form of Indemnity the day of flight departure at the airport check-in desk. Children without this completed form will not be allowed to fly.
  • Children under the age of 12: Must be accompanied by an adult 16 years or older.

Escort service: Not available


Minimum age for flying alone: Flybe allows children of 12-16 to travel unaccompanied as adults but they have to book in advance as there is limited space on-board Flybe flights for unaccompanied minors.

✓ Escort Service: Children 5-12 years old may travel unaccompanied using the Flybe escort service. The price of this supervisory service is £39 per child and per flight.


Minimum age for flying alone: Monarch does not allow children under the age of 16 to fly alone. They must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 or over. The adult accompanying the minor must be booked under the same reservation.

Escort service: They no long offer these services.

Wizz Air

Minimum age for flying alone: Wizz Air allows children of 14 and over to fly alone but they can’t be responsible for another child under the age of 14.

Therefore, children under 14 must travel with an adult (at least 16 years old) and both should be booked under the same reservation.

Escort service: Not available

Unaccompanied minors (2)

Virgin Atlantic

Minimum age for flying alone: Virgin Atlantic allows children between the ages of 5-15 years to travel alone if they fill out the Unaccompanied minors form and have it signed by their parents or legal guardians.

Children under 5 years old cannot fly alone, they must be accompanied by someone 16 years or older.

To inform Virgin Atlantic of the Unaccompanied Minor service, the adult making the booking must speak directly to the reservations team during booking. This must be done in advance and can only be booked over the telephone. The adult must complete and sign the Declaration of Indemnity form that will be provided by the airline. Part of the form must be turned in ahead of time, and the second part must be presented by the adult at airport check-in. All minors must be accompanied until check-in by the responsible adult or they will not be allowed to fly alone.

✓ Escort Service:  No extra charge but his/her flight ticket will be charged with an adult fare.


Minimum age to fly without a parent: Children between 5 and 11 years of age are only allowed to fly by themselves if they use the Lufthansa service or travel together with a person who is at least 12 years of age. At the parents’ request, however, also children traveling alone between 12 and 17 years old can be escorted by airline staff.

Escort Service:

Within Europe: € 60

Intercontinental: € 60


Minimum age to fly unaccompanied: Children aged 15 and over can fly alone with KLM.

For children between the ages of 5 and 17, an escort service can be booked.

✓ Escort Service:

50 € short and medium distance

75 € long distance

How are your experiences with the different airlines and unaccompanied minors?

109 responses to “Unaccompanied minors – rules by airline

  1. Hi I’m 12 and I want to book a flight with the cheapest airline from Chicago to The island of Kauai to go see my friend do you know of the cheapest airline that would allow me to fly by myself?

  2. Good afternoon, I have a daughter of 12 y.o. who wanted to go to boarding school in the UK (Manchester), we leave abroad and our only direct flight to the UK (it’s a B.A.) goes to Gatwick, it looks like there are no flights from Gatwick to Manchester (or Newcastle which is another option), therefore she would need to change airport and go to Heathrow or South London, I would be able to go with her the first time but not each time she needs to come home for the school breaks, are there any options for her to be “escorted” from a
    B.A. representative or else during the transfer until she gets to Gatwick onto her destination flight?

  3. Hi….I’m 15yrs old and want to travel alone (without parents and siblings) to South Korea……. Can I travel alone….? And which flight should you prefer….?

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