The necessary documents to travel by plane with children

You already know that organizing a trip with children always requires special preparation , but in the case of having to take a plane doubts increase, especially with regard to the necessary documentation.

Although Spanish regulations establish clear guidelines, not all airlines apply the same criteria. Therefore, the first thing to do is contact the airline and make sure you have all the minor’s papers in order. As a general rule, AENA indicates that those over 14 years of age must carry the same documentation as an adult passenger, but what about those under 14 years of age?

Under 14 years

For children under 14 years of age, the Family Book is enough for domestic flights, although they must carry the National Identity Document (DNI), passport or visa in all other cases. In addition, if the adults accompanying the child are not their parents, they will need an authorization issued by the Civil Guard to be able to fly.


Unaccompanied minors

Unaccompanied minors between 5 and 14 years old, in addition to the aforementioned documentation, need an authorization from their parents, who will also have to complete the necessary documentation that the airline requires to accept the minor. Children who have not reached the age of five will not be able to take the plane if they are not accompanied by a person over 18 years of age.

Children between zero and two years

As for children under two years of age, they will have a special treatment for the price of their ticket and for travel requirements. Thus, most companies do not charge the ticket of minors who do not occupy a seat, but others charge an additional 10 percent to the price of the ticket of one of the parents. On intercontinental trips, some planes have cots for babies that must be requested in advance when purchasing the ticket.