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.
Well begun is half done, so check the safety status of the relevant destination and the need for vaccinations before booking. You can bring medications on board as long as they are marked with your name. If you need to bring more than 100 ml of liquids on board, you also need a doctor’s note. Tip: If you are travelling with your child or children and they have a different surname to you, then take your marriage certificate or birth certificate (or certificates) as proof of your relationship. Also check that the travel documents and vaccinations are still valid.
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.More information
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.
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 between 5 and 14 years of age from check-in to arrival. The service can be requested for children that are 15-17 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
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.
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.More information
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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