Low-cost carrier says it is responding to “clear demand” for childless flights
Ryanair has announced today that it will introduce “Child Free” flights from the onset of the winter schedule in October. It conducted a Europe-wide survey of 1,000 passengers, which showed that half of respondents said they would pay higher fares to avoid other people’s children.
The survey showed that a third of passengers (36%) have had flights “ruined” by other people’s noisy children with one in five passengers (18%) urging Ryanair to restrict the number of children on flights. While the survey found that passengers would prefer to avoid other people’s children, it placed the blame firmly on parents. Passengers who responded to the survey said that their top annoyances regarding kids were: parents who expect special treatment because they have children (50%); parents who allow children to annoy those in seats behind (25%); parents who board late and expect others to accommodate them (15%); and parents who allow children to run in the aisles or kick seats (10%).
“When it comes to children, we all love our own but would clearly prefer to avoid other people’s little monsters when travelling,” Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara commented. “While half our passengers would like us to divide our cabins up into ‘adult’ and ‘family’ areas it is not operationally possible due to our free seating policy, with optional priority boarding. However, with clear demand for ‘child free’ flights Ryanair will introduce child free flights on high frequency routes from the start of our winter schedule in October.”