Flight baggage allowance for babies is good move, says Which? Holiday
From 1 May 2009, infants travelling on First Choice and Thomson holidays will get a free 10kg luggage allowance – good news for families with young children, says Which? Holiday.
Co-operative Travel concerns
The Co-operative Travel has this week said that parents with young children were being treated unfairly due to the restrictive baggage allowance policies of many airlines, so families will be pleased to hear that TUI UK has now announced these changes. As every parent knows, the amount of paraphernalia needed when travelling with a baby is astounding. Nappies, formula, bottles and changes of clothes all add considerable weight and volume – up to 15kg, according to research by the Co-operative.
Travelling with infants
While most airlines will carry a buggy free of charge, only the scheduled airlines tend to give infants an additional baggage allowance. Infants (up to the age of two), who sit on an adult’s lap instead of having a seat of their own, are usually charged 10% of the full adult fare for their ticket.
Rochelle Turner, Head of Research at Which? Holiday, says, ‘With excess baggage fees costing between £5 and £20 per kilogram, consumers should be sure to consider these extra costs when planning their next holiday abroad.’
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