India Mandates Airlines to Seat Children Under 12 with Parents Starting April 2024

DGCA mandates airlines to seat children under 12 with parents, ensuring family unity and passenger safety in India's booming aviation sector.

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India Mandates Airlines to Seat Children Under 12 with Parents Starting April 2024

India Mandates Airlines to Seat Children Under 12 with Parents Starting April 2024

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in India has issued a new regulation mandating that airlines must ensure children up to the age of 12 are allocated seats with at least one of their parents or guardians traveling on the same booking, effective from April 24, 2024. This directive comes in response to various instances where children below 12 were not seated with their accompanying adults during flights.

Under the revised Air Transport Circular, airlines are required to allocate seats to children under 12 with at least one parent or guardian on the same Passenger Name Record (PNR) and maintain a record of this seating arrangement. The DGCA stated, "Airlines must ensure that children up to the age of 12 YEARS are allocated seats with at least one of their parents or guardians traveling on the same PNR."

The new regulation is part of the DGCA's revision of the air transport circular on 'unbundle of services and fees by scheduled airlines', which allows airlines to provide certain services like preferential seating on an 'opt-in' basis for passengers. The aviation regulator also highlighted the provision for auto seat assignment for passengers who have not selected any seat during web check-in.

Why this matters: The move aims to enhance passenger comfort and safety, particularly for young travelers, as India's rapidly growing civil aviation sector experiences increased domestic air travel demand. The decision addresses concerns raised by parents traveling with young children and aims to prevent situations where families are separated on flights.

India is one of the world's fastest-growing civil aviation markets, with domestic air traffic on the rise. The DGCA's directive ensures that airlines prioritize the well-being and safety of young passengers by keeping families together during air travel. The regulation will provide peace of mind for parents and guardians, knowing that their children will be seated with them, reducing the risk of children getting lost or misplaced on flights.

Key Takeaways

  • DGCA mandates airlines to seat children under 12 with parents/guardians.
  • New regulation effective from April 24, 2024, aims to enhance passenger safety.
  • Airlines must allocate seats and maintain records of child-parent seating.
  • Addresses concerns of families being separated on flights in India's growing aviation.
  • Regulation provides peace of mind for parents and ensures child safety during travel.