Traveling together with small children can be exhausting and cause various problems. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Some airlines go out of their way to accommodate passengers with kids. The portal US News found seven the most kid-friendly international carriers.
Emirates is an airline that helps families every step of the way. On the ground, parents can wheel their tots around in Emirates strollers, and if you’re flying business or first class, your kids will enjoy special play areas in the airport lounges. Once you’re in the air, there are bassinets and baby formula for infants, as well as toys and an in-flight entertainment system for older children.
British Airways operates under a “Feed Kids First” policy, so little ones will get their nutritious meals before you do. Another great thing about BA is that toddlers can ride for free. But here’s the catch—you need to call ahead to secure the bulkhead and bring your own Britax booster seat.
Singapore Airlines offers a special kids menu, which includes everything from spaghetti and meatballs to seafood fried rice. And the entertainment options (from movies to 3D games) are nearly endless.
Lufthansa recommends red-eye flights for families traveling with little ones, so both babies and parents can maintain a normal sleep schedule. When it comes to mealtime, Lufthansa also has the kids covered.
Gulf Air has a Sky Nanny program. Once families board the airplane, these nannies will help parents do everything from set up the bassinet to play games with their children. They even serve children their food, allowing parents to enjoy a tranquil meal of their own. And if you’ve found that you’ve forgotten anything, the Sky Nannies can supply you with items like diapers, baby food, coloring books, and more.
Qantas pampers its family passengers on the ground and in the air. “Family Zones” in airports across Australia (the airline’s home country) are decked out with iMac computers, toys, and books to keep kids entertained before take-off. Although it might be hard to tear tots away from the toys, Qantas lessens the blow by gifting children with kids’ kits on domestic and international flights. These fun-filled packs include colored pencils, action figures, and playing cards.
Virgin Atlantic offers families “sky cots” or bassinets for babies up to one year old, like many other international carriers. But this trendy airline goes a step further by providing “care chairs,” which are custom seats for kids, who range in age from six months to three years. Older children also benefit from Virgin Atlantic’s entertainment options that include newly released films and popular age-appropriate TV programs. Plus, they offer their version of kid packs; inside, children will find a book, a watch, and more.