travelling alone

We'll take extra care of children flying alone to make sure they have a safe and happy journey, with total peace of mind for parents too. Our Unaccompanied Minor service is available for children aged 5 to 17 years old.

How old is your child?

0 - 4 years 

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.

5 - 11 years 

Children between the ages of 5 and 11 years can travel with our Unaccompanied Minor service for free. They must be booked on a normal adult fare.

12 - 17 years

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 service costs US $100 each way on direct flights or US $150 each way for journeys which involve connecting flights.

How to book

  1. Book your child’s flight and make a note of the booking reference number – you'll need this to request our Unaccompanied Minor service.
  2. Complete an Unaccompanied Minor service request form in English – you'll need to do this for each leg of your child’s journey.
  3. We’ll get in touch within 24 hours to process your request. If your child is between 12 and 18 years old, we’ll ask you to pay the Unaccompanied Minor fee at this point.
  4. Print a copy of the completed Unaccompanied Minor service request form, sign it and remember to take it to the airport with you.

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 

Preparing to fly

Make sure you have completed an Unaccompanied Minor form correctly and that your child has all of the documentation they need to fly.

Check in

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.

At the airport 

One of our friendly hosts will stay with your child until they board. If your child is flying in Business or First, they may use our lounges in Abu Dhabi only.

On board

On board, our cabin crew will make sure that your child has a safe, comfortable and fun flight. With E-BOX and an activity pack, there's plenty to keep them entertained.

Connecting flights

Whilst they are transferring to another Etihad flight, your child will be met and accompanied to our lounge in Abu Dhabi. Our Unaccompanied Minor service is not available on connecting flights operated by other airlines.

On arrival

As soon as your child lands, one of our hosts will guide them through immigration, baggage claim and customs. Please meet your child at Arrivals at the scheduled arrival time of their flight – you will need to present your ID to a member of our team.

Travel policies for children flying alone

Flying with partner airlines

Our Unaccompanied Minors service is available on Etihad-operated flights only. Please carefully check that all flights are operated by Etihad Airways before making your reservation.

No time to be bored 

There’s plenty to keep children entertained on board. Little flyers will love our animated movies, TV and cartoons on E-BOX, and they'll receive their own activity pack of games and puzzles.