Our Unaccompanied Minor service is available for children aged 5 to 17 years old, flying on an Etihad operated flight only. The service is mandatory for children flying alone between the ages of 5 and 11. The child must be booked on an adult ticket, and the Unaccompanied Minor service is complimentary. Children aged 12 to 17 are permitted to travel on their own adult ticket, though you may prefer to pay to use our Unaccompanied Minor service. This costs US $100 each way on direct flights or US $150 each way for journeys which involve connecting flights.
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The first thing you need to do is book your child’s flight. Remember to make a note of the booking reference number as you'll need this later. Then simply follow the steps below to request our Unaccompanied Minor service:
You may also contact our Global Contact Centre or visit your local ticketing office to make a booking and request our Unaccompanied Minor service. Please make sure you do this at least 24 hours before your child’s flight, as you may be charged if you request the service at the airport.
Everything you need to know
It is complimentary for children aged 5 to 11 to use our Unaccompanied Minor service as long as they are booked on an adult fare. For children aged 12 to 17, the service costs US $100 each way on direct flights or US $150 each way for journeys which involve connecting flights.
More about our Unaccompanied Minor service
Children under the age of five are not permitted to use our Unaccompanied Minor service. They must travel with a parent or guardian at all times. Authorised by the child’s parents, the guardian must be 18 years or older and travel in the same cabin as the parents.
Before you leave for the airport, make sure that your child has all of the required documentation to fly, including their passport, visa and health documents. Make sure you also have a printed copy of the completed Unaccompanied Minor form.
Your child must be at the airport and checked in at least two hours before their flight. Please stay at the airport until their flight has departed.
When they’re checked in, one of our friendly hosts will stay with your child until they board.
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Yes, as long as the connecting flight is operated by Etihad Airways. Whilst they are transferring to another Etihad flight, your child will be met and accompanied to our lounge in Abu Dhabi.