Travelling with Children - Age of Passengers

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


Travelling with Children - Age of Passengers

At what age can passengers travel alone?

When travelling on a package holiday with Thomson, no person under the age of 18yrs will be allowed to travel independently. Your age relates to the whole of the period when you are away including the day of return.

If you are travelling on a flight-only basis with Thomson Airways, you can travel alone if you are aged 14 years or over, providing you can travel unassisted. Please note if you are aged 14 - 15, a parent or legal guardian must accompany you to check-in, and a valid photo-id in addition to the country specific documentation must be presented. We strongly recommend that parents or guardians of unaccompanied young persons remain in the airport until the flight has departed. Thomson Airways will not accept unaccompanied minors under 14 years of age for carriage.

Click here for more information on travel requirements per country for minors.


What are the age ranges that Thomson class as 'infant' and 'child'?

When booking a Thomson package holiday, young passengers are classed as follows:

  • Infants: Under 2 years old on the return date of travel. If your child celebrates his or her 2nd birthday while on holiday, you must book and pay the appropriate child fare.
  • Children: 2 - 16 years old on return date of travel.

When booking a flight-only with Thomson Airways, young passengers are classed as follows:

  • An infant must be aged less than 2 years on the day of travel and must be older than 14 days for health and safety reasons. Charges for infants vary depending on the route and length of flight and will be detailed in the booking process.
  • Children aged 2 years and older pay the full fare and have their own seat and also have a full baggage allowance.

Each infant must be accommpanied by at least one adult. Please note there is a restriction on how many infants can travel on each flight. Infants are not entitled to their own seat or to a personal baggage allowance.


At what age can a baby travel on an aircraft?

An infant must be more than 14 days old to travel on an aircraft, for health and safety reasons.


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