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Qantas to charge extra fee for unaccompanied children

October 14, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Qantas will introduce an extra fee, of up to AUD 90, for children flying without an adult for bookings ticketed on or after 3 November 2014, bringing itself into line with its rival Virgin Australia on the issue.

Qantas points out that “unlike some other carriers” it does not limit the number of unaccompanied children that can travel on a single flight. Virgin Australia restricts carriage to a maximum of eight unaccompanied minors per flight – six in economy class and two in business/premium economy class.

Qantas confirmed to agents on Friday it would charge AUD 50 per booking on domestic and regional flights and AUD 90 on international flights for children aged 5 to 11 who were not accompanied by a parent, guardian, nominated adult or sibling over the age of 15 in flight. The fee is per booking, not per flight. http://www.centarahotelsresorts.com/b2b/

If the fees are not pre-paid ahead of arrival to the airport, they will double to AUD 100 for domestic bookings and AUD 180 for international bookings.

Children cannot travel unaccompanied if:

  • Their travel itinerary includes an overnight stopover or the last flight of the day (unless there is only one flight a day or unless otherwise specifically agreed with Qantas).
  • The itinerary includes connecting flights departing from different airports in the same city.
  • The itinerary includes a flight on a flight not operated by Qantas (even though it might have a QF flight number). These flights must be booked directly with the operating carrier.
  • The transit time between any two connecting flights is more than four (4) hours.
  • The child requires medication but is unable to self-administer the medication.

Customers aged 12 to 15 can request to travel as unaccompanied children without charge.
Qantas says unaccompanied children require extra services such as additional administration at airports, immigration and security processing for international flights, onboard assistance and ground staff escort at airports for connecting flights.

Virgin Australia accepts only a limited number of bookings for unaccompanied minors on its domestic and short-haul international flights.

Children between 5–11 years of age attempting to travel alone who have not been booked as unaccompanied minors may be denied travel until Virgin is provided with all relevant details in relation to the children’s travel arrangements.

Unaccompanied minors travelling in Virgin Australia’s business class domestically or in premium economy on Virgin Australia’s international short-haul network are able to check-in using the priority check-in desks.

Virgin Australia charges the following fees (per sector not per booking):

Domestic flights

Australia: AUD 40 

International short haul flights

Australia, Christmas & Cocos Islands: AUD 60

New Zealand, Cook Islands: NZD 60

Indonesia: USD 60

Fiji: FJD 100

Papua New Guinea: PGK 140

Western Samoa: WST 140

Tonga: TOP 100

Thailand: THB 1850

Solomon Islands: SBD 450

Vanuatu: VUV 5800

Written by : Peter Needham

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