Monarch Airlines is the latest airline to allow a free baggage allowance for children under the age of two.
The move follows similar initiatives from other scheduled airlines earlier this year. First Choice and Thomson said they would allow passengers with infants a free 10kg luggage allowance from 1 May, 2009.
10kg free allowance
The Monarch free infant allowance is also 10kg and is effective immediately on all their flights. The allowance will be in addition to the 20kg hold baggage allowed per person. Pushchairs, prams and car seats will continue to be carried free of charge.
Restrictive baggage allowance
In October this year Co-operative Travel highlighted that parents with young children were being treated unfairly by restrictive baggage allowances. The study, which looked at seven of the UK’s main airlines, found that the average infant on holiday requires essential items weighing between 14-15kg. Only two of the airlines investigated provided additional allowance for infants. The best airlines for families, according to the report, were Virgin Atlantic and British Airways, with Ryanair being the worst.
Good news for families
Which? Holiday editor Lorna Cowan welcomed the Monarch announcement: ‘We are pleased that Monarch Airlines has followed in the footsteps of First Choice and Thomson holidays in providing a free baggage allowance to young children.
‘This will be good news for families who often struggle to include all the essential holiday items for themselves and their children within the allotted allowance. We would like to see other airlines do the same.’