Travel with kids
It can be great fun travelling with small children, but it can also be quite a challenge. That is why we, at KLM, do all we can to make flying with young passengers as comfortable as possible, from check-in to arrival.
Reduced fares for children
Are you planning a getaway with the family? At KLM, kids up to and including 11 years of age travel at reduced fares (if applicable). Indicate that you are flying with children or an infant during the booking process and the reduction will automatically be included in the price.
Travelling together, seated together
We always endeavour to seat families together. If it is not possible we will do all we can to make sure that each child is seated next to an adult from your group. If you would like to ensure that all members of your family get to sit together, you can reserve your seats for a small fee during the booking process. Two infants (children younger than two) can travel with each adult, but only one can sit on an adult’s lap. If you are flying alone with two infants, you must book a separate seat for the second infant. You can contact us for this.
Give your next trip a flying start by checking the whole family in online before you leave from home. Especially in the busy school holiday period this will make your journey more comfortable. We can then ensure that all the family are sitting together in the aircraft and email you your boarding passes. The online check-in starts 30 hours before your flight is due to depart (24 hours for flights to and from the United States). We will send you a reminder message by email. More check-in information is available here.
Children travelling alone
The first time your child flies on their own it can be a bit nerve-racking, for your child and for you too. KLM provides a service for unaccompanied minors that takes care of kids from check-in to arrival, between 5 and 14 years of age this is obliged. The service can be requested for children that are 15 till 17 years old as well. We will also keep an eye on your children if they are travelling in a different class. This gives you the peace of mind of knowing that your child is in safe hands throughout the trip.More information
Simply Dutch and English
Our crew speak Dutch and English, which is nice for the children, but also for you, because it means you are not on your own throughout the flight. We are ready to answer all your little adventurer’s questions, both when on the ground and in the air.
Special baggage for children
You can bring one folding stroller (15 x 30 x 100 cm) and one child seat per child on board of every KLM flight. If the stroller does not fit under the seat or in the overhead compartment, you can check it in free of charge or hand it over to the KLM staff at the gate so it can be placed in the hold. The stroller must have a protective cover, but it may not contain any additional baggage. Child seats brought on board must comply with a number of rules.
If your child has its own (booked) seat, he/she may bring the same amount of hand baggage and check-in baggage as an adult, including a collapsible buggy and a car/child seat.
For a child younger than 2 years of age who will be travelling on your lap, you may bring:
- 1 piece of hand baggage with baby care items weighing max. 12 kg (26 lbs) and with dimensions max. 55 x 35 x 25 cm (22 x 14 x 10 in).
- 1 piece of check-in baggage of max 10 kg (22 lbs). If your child’s baggage is carried in one of the parents’ check-in baggage, this baggage may weigh no more than 23 kg (50.5 lbs) per piece.
- 1 collapsible buggy
- 1 car/child seat
- Some of our partner airlines have different baggage rules to our own. Please contact your travel agency or the airline concerned for further details.
For each child you may always bring 1 collapsible buggy free of charge on any KLM flight. If the buggy (of max. 15 x 30 x 100 cm (6 x 12 x 39 in) will not fit under the seat or in the overhead baggage compartment, you can check it in at no extra charge. Where facilities allow for it, you may wheel your child in the tagged buggy to the departure gate. At the gate, the buggy must be handed in for loading. The buggy/pram may have a protective cover but this may not contain any other items.
For each child, including infants travelling on your lap, you may always bring 1 car/child seat free of charge on KLM flights. If you booked a seat for your child, we recommend that you bring your own car/child seat on board.
- The car/child seat must be able to fit between the armrests of the aircraft seat, which is 42 cm (16.5 in) wide.
- Your child and the child seat need to be secured according to the seat manufacturer’s instructions.
- During take-off and landing child seats may be secured in a rear facing position. At cruising altitude they must be placed forward facing to allow recline of the seat in front.
- The car seat may not block the recline possibility of the seat in front.
- A child seat may show no defects and must be approved and visibly certified for air transport.
- You will need to reserve the use of a car/child seat in advance. Please contact KLM Telephone Reservations or your local KLM ticket office.
You may also check in the car/child seat free of charge, in which case above rules do not apply.
If you have booked a seat for your child on a KLM flight, you may also use a Child Aviation Restraint System (CARES) on board:
- Your child and the CARES need to be secured according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- The CARES may show no defects and must be approved for air transport and marked accordingly.
- You will need to reserve the use of the CARES in advance. Please contact KLM Telephone Reservations or your local KLM ticket office.
Kids & cases
If you are travelling with an infant (below two years of age) on a KLM flight, you may bring 12 kg of hand baggage. If you prefer to keep everything in one place, please note that check-in baggage containing both your own and your baby’s things may weigh 23 kg at most. Remember to check it in at our baggage drop desk. Children who have their own seat may bring the same amount of check-in and hand baggage as an adult.
Booking a carrycot
A long flight can be exhausting for both you and your infant. We therefore provide the option of booking a carrycot or child seat on all intercontinental flights (subject to availability). You can do this via My Trip or by contacting us directly. To make use of our carrycots, your child should be no taller than 65 cm and weigh no more than 10 kg on the day of travel. During the flight, you can also make use of legrest extensions, as long as they are not attached directly to the seat.
Inflight bed/legrest extension
If you booked a seat for your child, you may bring an inflight bed/ legrest extension (e.g. Wick, BedBox, Fly Tot, 1st Class Kid Travel Pillow, Plane Pal). Such device is allowed as long as it is not attached directly to the seat.
Inflight bed/legrest extensions that are attached to the seat (e.g. Fly LegsUp or FlyeBaby) are not permitted.
Please note that it may not be used during take-off, taxiing or landing and it may not impede others passengers. For your child’s safety, we advise not to use the child’s tray table for any hot beverages or meals. Also, please make sure your child’s head is pointing towards the tail of the aircraft, in order to be able to use the safety belt properly.
Bluey, especially for children
Do you know our mascot Bluey? He travels with your children, at the airport and on board! All children over two years old get a nice surprise from Bluey. On intercontinental KLM flights, they get a complete Bluey play set. They will also get a Bluey eye mask so they can take a nap. On European fights, children receive a passport holder and a Bluey activity book. If you want to surprise your children with Bluey before you go, visit the KLM shop for great Bluey articles.
Dutch films and games on board
On intercontinental KLM flights, children can have hours of fun with Bluey on our inflight entertainment system. Lots of films and video games in various languages will make the time simply fly by! You are also free to bring your own tablet or portable game console – just remember to set it to flight mode while airborne.More information
Tasty, free children’s meals
If you order a meal 24 hours before your intercontinental flight, we will treat your child to free mini hamburgers and chips. The menu depends on the flight, but our mascot Bluey and a pilot game or flying licence for young pilots will make every kids’ meal a feast! If you are travelling with an infant, remember to bring your own baby food. This is not subject to limitations on liquids brought into the cabin. On intercontinental flights, we offer a limited selection of special baby meals free of charge, together with a gift of a Bluey bib!More information
Directly from A to B
Crossing the airport once is more than enough with your family in tow. So it is great that we fly directly, so with no transfers, to over 150 destinations.
Flying Blue from two years old
Earning Miles, you can’t start early enough. From the age of two, your children can become a Flying Blue member and start saving for flights, overnight stays and much more. What’s learnt in the cradle lasts to the tomb.More information