The world’s most family-friendly airlines

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When you’re flying with little ones, every little helps – from free seat reservations to kids’ meals. But which are the world’s most family-friendly airlines?

When you’re travelling with your children in tow, those little added extras really do make all the difference, from kids’ meals to on-board bassinets.  New research from online retailer Play Like Mum has looked into the world’s biggest airlines and ranked them according to how family-friendly they really are.

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Twenty airlines have been judged against the following factors: free seat reservations; free checked luggage; pre-boarding for families; no lap fees; kids’ meals; free kids’ entertainment; on-board bassinet or carrycot; taking a pushchair free-of-charge.

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Turns out, if you want all the perks, this is not the time for budget travel. British Airways and Emirates, two pricier airlines, came out on top, both of whom offer all the factors analysed, whilst at the bottom sits FlyBe, who only incentivise families with a free pushchair allowance.

Emirates, the airline based in Dubai, offers families prioirty boarding and a complimentary stroller service at some airports, with other perks including in-flight toys and activity packs. British Airways also offer ‘Skyflyer’ activity packs, as well as in-flight entertainment complete with parental controls and nutritional children’s meals with a ‘Feed Kids First’ policy to prevent hunger-induced meltdowns.

Family-friendly airlines infographic
An infographic from Play Like Mum

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