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?

Package holidays

Passengers need to be at least 18 years old to be able to go on a package holiday independently.

Flight only bookings

Children under 14 years old who are travelling on a Thomson Airways flight-only booking must be accompanied by another passenger aged 16 or over, who is travelling on the same booking reference.

Children aged 14 or 15 can travel alone, as long as they don't need assistance. That said, we recommend that they be accompanied to the check-in desk by a parent or legal guardian. We'd also advise that the parent or guardian stays at the airport until the flight has departed.

Visit the FCO website for details of travel requirements for each country around children travelling alone.


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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