Seat reservation for families travelling with infants

Where possible, we allocate those travelling together adjacent seats at check-in. But in order to guarantee that the whole family is seated together, we recommend reserving seats in good time. You can reserve your seats as part of the booking process, at a later date under My Booking » or by telephoning our Service Center » up to 4 hours prior to departure. You can also use web check-in », which gives you the option of selecting adjacent seats without an advance seat reservation, thereby avoiding additional queuing at the airport. 
Please note that JustFly and FlyDeal fare passengers on short and medium-haul flights cannot select seats free of charge via online check-in.

Seats for infants under 2 years

Please note that a child under the age of 2 is not entitled  to a seat and travels on the lap of the accompanying adult. You have the option of booking a separate seat for your infant, whereby the fare is the same as that for a child (under 12 years of age). The prerequisite for booking a children's ticket for an infant is that an approved child seat is used in order to ensure  your child's safety. If your child has his/her 2nd birthday between the dates of the outward and return flights, you also have the option of  booking a separate seat for the child for the outward flight by paying for a children's ticket. In this case, an approved child seat must also be used.

Our aircraft are equipped with baby cots, which we provide for infants up to 12 months on flights of 90 minutes' duration or longer. Seats can be reserved in a row suitable for baby cots, under the corresponding conditions.

Safety is a top priority for us. For this reason it is only possible to book one infant per adult passenger. Only one infant may be seated in each row.

Baggage allowance for children

Children under two have a baggage allowance one bag weighing up to 23 kg (for exceptions see: piece concept). Car seats, buggies and strollers can also be checked at no additional cost.

Exception in the JustFly fare category: no checked baggage is included in this fare category, but can be added at a later date. We accept buggies/pushchairs, child car seats and carry cots free of charge upon check-in.

Unaccompanied minors

Children aged five and over can fly NIKI as unaccompanied minors. Our flight attendants always take special care of our youngest passengers.

Tickets for children aged between five and 12 travelling alone must be booked in advance at our Service centre.

For children over the age of 12 the service is optional. Registration is possible up to 30 hours before departure.

There is a charge each way for unaccompanied minors travelling.

An overview of all fees is available here »

Making a reservation

You can make reservations for children travelling unaccompanied over the phone via our Service-Center » or in person at the airberlin ticket desk at the airport.
You will need the following information:

  • Details of the child (Name and date of birth)
  • Details of the person to be invoiced
  • Details of who is delivering the child to the airport  and who is collecting him/her (name address and telephone number)

There are special regulations for children entering and leaving national territory in certain countries. Please check with the corresponding embassies and consulates of the countries involved.

Before your flight

Once you have made the reservation for the flight and service for the child travelling alone you can then  complete the duty of care form. Access the form here »

After filling out the form, print five copies and bring these, together with a valid passport/child ID card, to the check-in counter. We recommend leaving plenty of time before your scheduled departure to complete all of the necessary formalities at the check-in counter.

The following deadlines are applicable:

Short and Medium Haul:UMNR must be checked in the latest 60 minutes prior to departure.

At the airport

It is essential that the child be accompanied to/from the airport by an adult. This escort needs to stay at the airport for 30 minutes after the aircraft has taken off.

An accompanying adult to/from the airport is required. The accompanying adult should remain at the airport up to 30 minutes after the airplane has taken off.

Your child will be checked in for the flight at the check-in desk. The following documents are required:

  • Booking confirmation
  • Passport/child ID card
  • Assistance form (five copies)
  • Receipt showing that the service fee is already paid
  • Visa for the destination country, if required

Afterwards, your child will receive a small pouch, which must be carried with them at all times during the flight.   
At some airports, you can accompany your child to the boarding gate (depending on the airport). Just tell the member of staff at the Check-in desk. Otherwise the child is escorted to the aircraft by airport staff and our flight attendants then take receipt of your child and look after the young guest during the flight.

At the destination

Please note that it is only the person stated on the form who is authorised to collect the child

For further information please refer to our FAQs

On-board service for children

Our belief that the passenger comes first doesn't stop with the adults we carry. We want the little ones on board to feel good, too!

To make sure that our smallest passengers are well looked after, we provide free carrycots in the front row (for babies up to 12 months, subject to availability) on flights lasting 90 minutes or more. Please inform us, via our Service centre », at least three days before departure, if you need a carrycot. We will be delighted to warm up your baby food during the flight!

Children are served before the grown-ups and get a special kids’ menu on our mid-haul charter routes to Egypt and the Canary Islands.  Drinks are frequently topped up during the flight.

Children also receive a special gift on all NIKI flights.

Your own child seat on board

Travellers with children can bring along their own child restraint systems, provided that these are certified and labelled as such. Safety seats are suitable if they:

  • have been approved by the civil aviation authority of a member state of the Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or Transport Canada for use exclusively on aircraft and are marked as such; or
  • are approved for use in motor vehicles in accordance with ECE-R44/03 or a newer version of the standard; or 
  • are approved for use in motor vehicles or on aircraft in accordance with the Canadian CMVSS 213/213.1 standard or;
  • are approved for use in motor vehicles or on aircraft in accordance with the US FMVSS No. 213 standard and bear a sticker with the following printed on it in red:

Child restraint systems must have two-point harnesses (lap belts), as they are secured with the aircraft seat belt, and must remain in this position throughout the flight (including take-off and landing).
In our experience the following models (and their successors), carrying the “For use in aircraft” approval seal of the Rhineland TÜV, are particularly suitable:

Maxi Cosi Mico
Model no: 8011000571
Weight: 0–10 kg
Child size: max. 75 cm
Storchenmühle Maximum
Model no: 2711305500
Weight: 0–10 kg
Child size: max. 75 cm
Maxi Cosi Citi
Model no: 8811410300
Weight: 0–13 kg
Child size: max. 75 cm
Römer King Quickfix
Model no: 8811400300
Weight: 9–18 kg
Child size: max. 98 cm
Luftikid duo
Model no: 7011000571
Weight: 9–25 kg
Child size: 71–120 cm

Please note that some aircraft in our fleet are not licensed for the use of child restraint systems.
You can obtain further details during the booking process, or from our service centre.

As infants (i.e. children aged under two) are not entitled to seats, an extra seat must be booked if a child seat is used to carry an infant. The rate for children under 12 applies. Please make your reservation via our Service center no later than 48 hours before departure.

Child discounts

Children are charged at the following percentages of the net regular fare:

Children aged under 2* pay 15% of the net fare on all short and medium-haul flights, and 20% on all long-haul flights. Please note that additional taxes are charged in some individual cases.

On long-haul, children under 12 pay 80% of the net flight price, excluding taxes and fees.

(*The age of the infant/baby on the day of the return flight is the one used.)

Please remember that, like adults, children must be in possession of a valid passport or ID at the start of their journey.

The applicable age is the age at the time of travel. Please note that infants (aged less than two) are not entitled to seats and consequently to the meals we serve on board. Only one infant per adult is permitted. Carrycots can be reserved free of charge for babies up to 12 months (subject to availability; exception: flights lasting less than 90 minutes). Only one baby per row of seats is permitted.

Please note that proof of identity must be provided for children at check-in in the same way as for adults (e.g. entry in a parent’s passport or own passport).

Expectant mothers

Pregnant women are carried up to four weeks before the expected date of delivery. The same restriction applies to return flights. You may be asked to present a mother’s pass or other medical certificate as proof that pregnancy has not progressed beyond the 36th week.