To provide traveling families with the most convenient travel experience, Gulf Air gives them priority at check-in and boarding to avoid long queuing times.
Gulf Air’s passengers travelling on selected routes with children under 12 years old can choose to benefit from the assistance of our Sky Nanny.
Gulf Air carries nappies and other baby supplies on board. Please ask our Sky Nanny if there’s anything you may have forgotten to pack for your baby. Gulf Air offers baby food, nappies, baby powder, baby lotion, baby wipes, baby bib & cotton bud packs in all flights
Infants On-Board and Bassinets
- Infants of less than seven days are not allowed to travel by air. Newborn babies older than one week will be accepted for air travel provided they are healthy and have had a normal birth.
- Each infant must be accompanied by an adult. A child fare will be charged for the infant if separate seat is needed for him.
- Infants up to 7 months old, weighing no more than 10 kg and not more than 26” in length can travel using the onboard bassinets (carry-cots). Please request a bassinet when you book your ticket to ensure availability and to obtain advance confirmation.
Should the baby – irrespective of age and advance confirmation from the airline – exceed these set limits, our Cabin Crew will not allow the use of a bassinet as this is perceived as being unsafe and not in compliance with civil airline safety regulations.
Remember to pre-reserve a bassinet on all flights during your journey, not just the first sector.
Special children’s meals are available at no extra charge. These should be requested when booking a child’s ticket or at least 24 hours before departure.
Baggage and Pushchairs
- A child between 2-11 years is entitled to the same baggage allowance as an adult.
- Infants less than 2 years old will be allowed one checked piece, provided that the total linear dimensions (height + width + depth) does not exceed 62 inches (158 cm) and the weight of the bag does not exceed 50 lbs (23 kg)
- Push-chairs cannot be accepted onboard but are allowed as far as the gate, and must be checked in as baggage. Certain destinations will allow pushchairs to be made available during disembarkation upon advice by the Sky Nanny through a telex, while Gulf Air offers its own pushchair only upon arrival in Bahrain subject to availability.
Infant & Child Restraint Seats
Passengers travelling with infants and children from 6 months to 3 years of age may use their own car type seats in conjunction with a normal aircraft seat when the appropriate child fare has been paid. The car seat must be a forward facing type with proper harnesses that can be strapped to a passenger seat by use of the lap belt.
Gulf Air does not permit rearward facing car seats or booster seats on board. The seat must be a purpose designed children’s car seat and must not exceed the dimensions of the relevant aircraft seat that has been paid for. The parent is primarily responsible to ensure that the child is the right size and weight for the car seat.
If you want your infant to sit on a separate seat, the infant must be between 6 and 23 months and you will be charged the child fare. You will need to ensure that you have a car seat that is approved for use on-board aircraft. These following car seats are accepted:
- Seats that meet the Technical Standard order TSO-C100B by the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States of America accepts seats that meet or seats which have two markings “This Restraints is Certified for use in Motor Vehicles and Aircraft” in red lettering and “This seat conforms to all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard”.
- Seats approved to Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Labeled “(CMVSS) No.213 entitled “Child Restraint Systems” or (CMVSS) No.213 entitled “Infant Seating and Restraint System”.
- The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of the United Kingdom allows type 2040-1 Car chair, manufactured by Aviation Furnishing International Limited. It is accepted by the CAA (UK) as a Child Safety Seat specifically designed for aircraft applications.
- Seats meeting European Safety Standard requirements of ECE Regulation 44 (ECE R44/03) (ECE: Economic Commission for Europe).
A Summary of Infant/Child Seating and Age Limits
|7 days - less than 6 month
||On parent’s lap and an Infant seat belt will be provided by Gulf Air onboard cabin crew|
|6 month - less than 2 years
||On parent’s lap and an Infant seat belt will be provided by Gulf Air onboard cabin crew. |
Or a car safety seat provided by the parent (a passenger seat must be booked for child fare)
|2 years – less than 3 years
||A car safety seat provided by the parent (a passenger seat must be booked for child fare)|
Or a passenger seat and seat belt of the aircraft
|3 years or more
||The Passenger seat and seat belt of the aircraft |
There is no need for a Child Restraint Seat
Children travelling alone
Unaccompanied children between the ages of 5 and 11 years old can travel alone without an escort on any Gulf Air operated flight.
- Children between 5 and 11 years old, travelling alone on a Gulf Air flight must be booked in advance as an “Unaccompanied Minor - UM”.
- Children should be accompanied to the airline check-in desk at the airport of departure with all necessary travel documents.
- Please ensure the child is met in the arrival hall of any transfer point, or at final destination.
- Gulf Air is solely responsible for Unaccompanied Minors for the duration of the journey, and delivering the child to the airport of final destination.
- If the Unaccompanied Minor is ill or mentally/physically impaired, please notify staff at Gulf Air of his or her condition in order that suitable arrangements may be made for special care during booking.
- Unaccompanied Minors are accepted for Gulf Air flights on the basis they have purchased either a full adult normal fare ticket (excluding industry discounts, promotional fares and special offers) or an Unaccompanied Child ticket (where applicable).
- Gulf Air requires you to complete an Unaccompanied Minors Declaration form for each child travelling alone. This form must be handed over to Airport Staff along with your child at time of check in. It can be obtained at any Gulf Air Sales Office or can be downloaded and printed off yourself. Please note that four (4) copies of the form should be completed.
Important notice when booking Italian children travelling alone
Laws in Italy have changed which affect Italian national children up to 14 years of age when travelling alone.
All Italian national children travelling alone up to 14 years of age must hold a completed Dichiarazione Di Affido, which can be obtained from all local police offices (this is not available at airport police offices).
These forms must be carried with your child's passport at all times.
Your child may be denied travel if these forms are not completed.
If this affects you and you live outside Italy, the authorisation can be issued by the Italian Embassy or consulate.
N.B. Different rules apply for children traveling on other airlines. For flights involving a transit stop and/or a different operating airline than Gulf Air, please consult a Gulf Air office or your travel agent.
A pre-arranged Flight Attendant escort, may be requested at their guardian's cost, for children between 2 and 4 years inclusive, travelling on a Gulf Air flight.
- You may also request an escort for children over the age of 5 years, but this cannot be guaranteed.
- Unaccompanied Minors are accepted for Gulf Air flights on the basis they have purchased either a full adult normal fare ticket (excluding industry discounts, promotional fares and special offers) or an Unaccompanied Child Ticket (where applicable).
Minors on American Airlines
Under certain circumstances children may travel alone onboard American Airlines flights. Children aged 8 through 14 years of age will be accepted for transporatation on nonstop or connecting flights. Reservations must be confirmed to the destination.
The child must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult until the child has boarded the flight and the aircraft has departed the gate. The child must be met at the destination by another parent or responsible adult. A service charge will be assessed for unaccompanied children on all flights.
Please note that we no longer accept children travelling alone on flights connecting from/or to other airlines.
To make a reservation for a child traveling alone, please contact our reservations team. You can find the contact information for us in the customer service section.
Please visit www.aa.com for more updated information.