Airlines try child-free zones

First European carrier launches adult-only sections

Plans for airlines try child-free zones

The Telegraph has a report entitled “Absolute bliss – Why airlines are gambling on child-free zones” Several airlines in Asia have launched adults-only sections, and now the first European carrier is following suit

The newspaper describes how the summer holidays are over, meaning that the children of Britain are finally back on terra firma. For six long weeks, child-free flight passengers have endured kicks in the back of their seats, flying sweets, and the obligatory quacking of whatever mobile phone game was in fashion this summer. Yet things will only get worse with the dawning of September, as parents with children under four cash in on cheaper, quieter holidays.

Corendon Airlines plans “adults only” zone

Nobody wants to be seated next to an infant, and no parent enjoys the stress of flying with children. But one airline thinks it has found the solution. Corendon Airlines, the Turkish-Dutch carrier, has announced plans for an “adults only” zone on its flights between Amsterdam and the Caribbean island of Curaçao, starting on November 3. The adults section will be at the front of the aircraft, consisting of 93 standard seats and nine with extra legroom. The zone, designed for passengers aged 16 and over, will be separated from the rest of the plane with a divider and curtains, according to Corendon. 

However, bagging a quiet seat comes at a price. A standard seat reservation (paid on top of the ticket price) in the adult zone costs €45 per single journey, or €100 for the best seats. “We always strive to respond to the different needs of our customers,” said Atilay Uslu, founder of Corendon Airlines, who added that the project was targeted at “travellers looking for some extra peace of mind during their flight. We also believe this can have a positive effect on parents travelling with small children. They can enjoy the flight without worrying if their children make more noise”.

Asian airlines with child-free “Quiet Zone”

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Corendon is the first European airline to create a child-free zone, but other international carriers have introduced similar measures. In 2013, low-cost Malaysian airline AirAsia X launched a “quiet zone” on its flights, which was exclusively reserved for passengers aged 12 and above, later lowered to 10-year-olds. Scoot, a low-cost subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, introduced a child-free zone in 2021. “Enjoy a more restful and comfortable flight in our dedicated quiet cabin, Scoot-in-Silence,” reads its website. Only travellers aged 12 years and above are allowed in this section. 

Some airlines have taken more subtle approaches to providing child-free zones. In 2019, Japan Airlines introduced a new feature on its booking system, informing passengers where young children will be seated during the flight. When selecting a seat online, a smiling child icon shows the exact spots where an infant aged two or under will be sitting. But there’s nothing to stop a family from later booking seats nearby to your selection, of course.

Mercedes Zach, a travel expert at asaptickets.com, looks at child-free zones from another perspective: “Dividing the cabins helps families with children as well, as that way, parents don’t have to feel as stressed and guilty when their children are misbehaving in front of all the other passengers. ”None of the airlines operating from the UK have plans to introduce quiet or child-free zones on their flights. Not even the airline which proudly offers more “add-ons” than any other. A Wizz Air spokesman said it “has no plans to restrict its passenger base and welcomes all customers on our aircraft”.

So, for now, coming face-to-face (or back to foot, rather) with an infant on your next flight departing the UK is effectively a lottery. But in a world where you pay extra for a standard-sized rucksack, or for the privilege of enjoying a cup of tea on board, don’t be surprised if you see “quiet zone” as an available add-on in the not-too-distant future.

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20 thoughts on “Airlines try child-free zones”

  1. Great idea, but once again singles and couples without children are subsidising those with children! All kinds of offers are made to parents with children to entice them on board, whereas we now have to pay extra! Presumably the cost is in addition to the additional cost for extra leg room seats? Plus, anyone who wants to sit at the front of the plane now has to pay extra regardless!

    I think they ought to think it out again!

    And whilst on a moan (!) I fully understand that it is fiendishly difficult to stop some babies from screaming on planes, however, it is more than possible to stop young and not so young children from being a thorough nuisance, but some parents just don’t – if can’t be – bothered. Such children, and indeed, parents, are often more of a problem than a screaming baby, and this could and should be tackled by cabin crew.

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    • Caroline
      Don’t add all the parents to the same bag I did travel a lot with my family and child and I always did have careful taking with me books ,games , portable DVD with films and IPAD and never did have any problems . Also there is some parents that leave the children behave wild and that isn’t correct or even right when confined in a small space you need to respect the other people space .But I did see many time some adults intolerant towards children and even teenagers despite good behaviour .

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        • Caroline
          Also they should control more in the planes the alcohol drink that so many times bring so many problems inside of the planes .I don’t mind with that if some adults would like to go in that type of flights no problem . The big question is will profitable enough to do ? In Madeira there is certain places where they only rent to adults also there is a place in Santo da Serra Quinta das Eiras.

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    • Isabel has been banned before, and has received a second warning directly a couple of days ago to stay on subject. I hate banning anybody but she appears to be intent on taking over the blog on occasions.

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    • Ken
      Still thinking that you are better than the others and above anyone else ? It seems . For someone that likes saying that likes to respect the others people opinion shows the complete opposite arrogant and self centred .And neither you can see the difference between a view and moaning I at all . Don’t go saying that in many planes there isn’t problems with adults behaving badly because of the excess of drink and like also there is some parent that also are incapable of looking after their children two make a tango .

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    • Instead coming with something productive comment about this this is the only thing that you can say ? And and I did taught that your superior complex could add more interesting exchange apparently not.

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    • HYPOCRITE. [count] disapproving. : a person who claims or pretends to have certain beliefs about what is right but who behaves in a way that disagrees with those beliefs.🤣🤣

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    • Wasn’t you that made this comment in the article Portugal Approves New Drug Law? It is there for everyone to see . The offender around where it is you that cant respect the others views and comments and says “You’re posting rubbish as usual ” Well like I said to the other Mick go see the local Madeira news channel 161 and read the local newspapers the even can be translated to English or go learn Portuguese this way you can make some comments that are right or continue posting things like Mick that are wrong .
      https://www.jm-madeira.pt/
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      Ken
      How do you know it is an excellent description of where he lives? You’re posting rubbish as usual.

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