KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is the national airline of the Netherlands and is part of Air France-KLM. KLM operates worldwide scheduled passenger and cargo services to more than 90 destinations.
For full up-to-date travel policies, please visit KLM’s Children Travelling page.
We’ve summarized some of the policies below.
|Infants (under 2 years old)|
|Children (2 to 11 years old)|
|Baggage Allowance for Infants|
|Strollers, Bassinets, and Child Restraint Devices|
Once you are 36 weeks into your pregnancy, we advise you not to fly. We also discourage flying during the first week following delivery.
If you are expecting more than one baby or if you have had complications during your pregnancy, we always advise you to consult your physician first. In these cases, you may not fly once you are 32 weeks along.
Infants are not required to have their own seat however, you must inform KLM that you will be traveling with an infant on your lap.
Only one lap child is allowed per adult. If traveling with more than one infant, a seat will have to be purchased for each additional infant.
A seat may be purchased for an infant as long as you have the proper child restraint device.
A seat will have to be purchased for any flight that a child is 2 years or older.
Infants on international flights are charged a discounted fare plus taxes, even if the infant will be on the lap of another passenger for the flight.
Although discounts are usually given for children, these discounts do not apply to KLM’s lowest or special promotional fares. When applicable, children’s discounts are given for tickets purchased for children aged 2 through 11.
For a child younger than 2 years of age who will be travelling on your lap, you may bring:
- 1 piece of hand baggage with baby care items weighing max. 10 kg (22 lbs) and with dimensions not exceeding 55 x 35 x 25 cm (22 x 14 x 10 in).
- 1 small, completely collapsible baby stroller/pram. If the baby stroller will not fit under the seat or in the overhead baggage compartment, you can check it in at no extra charge. The baby stroller/pram may have a protective cover but if this protective cover contains any other items, it will be considered to be an extra piece of baggage.
- 1 piece of check-in baggage (max 10 kg/22 lbs). If your child’s baggage is carried in one of the parents’ check-in baggage, this baggage may weigh no more than 23 kg (50.5 lbs) per piece.
If flying with children, you are allowed to bring a small, completely collapsible baby stroller/pram. If the baby stroller will not fit under the seat or in the overhead baggage compartment, it can be checked into the hold at no extra charge. This baby stroller/pram may have a protective cover but if this protective cover contains any other items, it will be considered to be an extra piece of baggage.
Bassinets / Carrycot:
You can reserve a carrycot on intercontinental KLM flights. The carrycots are suitable for babies up to the age of 6 months and who are no larger than 65 cm (22.5 inches) and do not weigh more than 10 kg (22 lbs) on the day of travel.
You can reserve carrycots online or by contacting KLM.
Child Restraint Devices:
The following seals of approval on child restraint devices will be accepted aboard:
- UN STANDARDS ECE R44-03 and 44-04
- US FMVSS NO. 213
- CANADIAN CMVSS 213/123.1
- GERMAN TUV/958-01/2001
- TYPES MARKED APPROVED BY TRANSPORT CANADA
- TYPES MARKED APPROVED BY THE US FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA)
- TYPES MARKED APPROVED BY JOINT CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY (JAA)
If your device does not have the labels noted above, you will not be allowed to use it during takeoff, landing, and surface movements. This includes booster seats and other types of harnesses.
If you have reserved a seat for your child, we recommend that you bring your own car/child seat (child restraint device) on board.
- The car/child seat must be able to fit between the armrests of the aircraft seat (42 cm/16.5 inches).
- Your child and the child seat need to be secured according to the seat manufacturer’s instructions.
- During take-off and landing child seats may be secured in a rear facing position. At cruising altitude they must be placed forward facing to allow recline of the seat in front.
- A child seats may show no defects and must carry a visible seal of approval for use on board an aircraft by the European Union or an official government agency.
A seat for a second baby, or the use of a car/child seat must be reserved in advance. Please contact KLM Telephone Reservations or your local KLM ticket office for this service.
On intercontinental flights, KLM offers a selection of sterilized meals available for infants and toddlers to 2 years. You don’t need to order these meals upfront.