Ryanair buggy help please(11 Posts)
rules as of May 2015:
Infants (aged 8 days to 23 months inclusive) travelling must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 or over (one infant per adult). Infants can be included in a flight reservation during the online booking process. An infant can sit on an adult's lap (an infant seat belt is provided by the cabin crew) A baby bag up to 5kg can be also carried by the accompanying adult in addition to their own cabin bag allowance
2 items of baby equipment are carried free of charge per child - 1 pushchair plus one of the following items: car seat or booster seat or travelcot. On arrival at the airport the 2 free items of baby equipment can be tagged for travel at a Bag Drop Desk, which close 40 minutes before the scheduled flight departure time
Children's pushchairs can be used up to the aircraft steps and after landing the pushchair will be available at the aircraft steps (provided local conditions permit this). There are baby changing facilities onboard located at the rear of the aircraft. Cabin crew can warm baby bottles if required. Other items of baby equipment in addition to the 2 free items can be checked in upon payment of an Infant/Child Equipment Fee(maximum weight 20 kgs).
notes from our recent flight to France:
- our Quinny buzz3 pram technically folds down into 2 pieces however they let us take both this and the car seat without question, it's possible they could charge you for an extra item but this hasn't happened to anyone I know.
- the allowance for baby hand luggage is only 5kg so you might want to take a 10kg baby bag and use the 5kg allowance for your hand luggage. The 100ml liquid rules don't seem to apply to baby stuff we didn't have any issues taking flasks of water etc.
- our car seat went down with the checked baggage, remember to fasten all the straps as we lost one of the shoulder pad things in transit
- they let us push baby right up to the plane steps in the pram and when we landed it was at the bottom of the steps waiting for us however this may not be the case with all airports so make sure you get a luggage sticker/tag put on both bits of the pram if it collapses into 2 pieces.
- for our return flight they assigned my wife a seat 20 rows in front of me but you don't find this out until you have checked in and then you have to call them up and pay to change it although I said "why did you not seat us together when the plane is half empty and do you not have an obligation to seat families with infants together?" and after some arguing they changed the seats for free but if you don't want to have the hassle just pay for assigned seats - if you are choosing seats and you see the plane is half empty you could just leave it and change seats after you have boarded if you need to as they don't seem to mind.
I've travelled with buggies with Ryanair and EasyJet and both have made it super easy in the UK. They let you take the buggy up to the plane and normally let you on first and sit you together at no extra cost. I suggest turning up early to make it easier for them to look after you though!
Do bear in mind that you might not get your buggy back until the baggage carousel at the other end so there can be quite a walk with kids and hand luggage to the terminal. Travel as light as possible and give the kids sweets as you take off and land to stop ears from popping painfully.
I just thought I'd add to this thread as I am about to travel with my 2 year old by myself from Stansted with RyanAir. I also phoned them (0871 246 0000 - 10p per minute from landline - www.ryanair.com/en/questions/contacting-customer-service) and spoke to a helpful advisor after waiting only 30 seconds! He said:
No you don't need to pay - buggies for over 2s are ok as well.
You can take the buggy all the way to the gate (although online it says you can take infant pushchairs to the plane boarding steps.
They will then put it in the hold.
You don't need to do anything online beforehand (so I think you don't need to tick the box that says carrying infant equipment because this refers to the other infant items you are able to carry in addition to a buggy).
You don't need to get a luggage tag from baggage check-in (though I will be labelling my buggy with a tag anyway and turning up early just in case!)
You don't need to put it in a bag (though I will be removing all detachable/rippable bits!)
I plan to take an old style Bugaboo Bee - I checked on website and the new ones weigh around 8.5kg - the max.
RyanAir weight limit for pushchairs is 20kg but he seemed very relaxed about this - I guess they don't have weighing apparatus to check at the gate.
Pushchairs have to be 'fully collapsible'.
I'll try and remember to update this thread if I have any problems - at end of June 2013!
6,4 and 2. Will have DH with me too so I'm just being a bit wet.
Rang RA today and they said I can take a buggy and won't charge so that's good :-).
Also, don't forget that your no-longer-infant dd is entitled to her own 10kg of carry on luggage.
Sorry, i couldn't think of the right word - they will put on a luggage label like the one that goes on a checked suitcase with a barcode and codes for the airports to show it's going on the right plane.
And please don't worry, you will be fine. How old are your dcs?
They will put luggage lablel on either at check in or at the gate. I have no idea if Ryan Air charge or not .... I believe that they shouldn't but they will try anything.
What do I need to put on label?
First time I've flown with the kids and I'm dreading it.
Don't forget that even if you're not checking luggage (do you have one of these, btw?), you will still need a label for the pushchair. I once didn't allow time for this and was luckily allowed to jump the (massive) queue and did not miss my plane.
I've taken one for dd2 after she's turned two. I think. I'll try to remember, but i'm sure i have!
Does anyone know if I can take a buggy on for a non infant? DD had just turned 2 so I need to take a buggy with us. I understand you can take one for under 2s but not clear about when they are no longer an infant. Are they going to charge me another small fortune?
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