Emirates – a family guide

With generous luggage allowances and options to stow buggies onboard, Emirates helps get families get up and away with ease

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Emirates want families to feel well looked after with easy-to-understand baggage allowances and options to bring baby and toddler essentials onboard.

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Check-in baggage

Emirates has one of the world’s most generous baggage policies. Checked baggage allowances are as follows:

  • Economy Class: 30kg
  • Business Class: 40kg
  • First Class: 50kg

If you’re travelling with a baby (any class) you’re permitted extra checked-in baggage. This could be based on weight or piece (that’s number of bags), and will be shown on your ticket. Based on weight, it’s one extra piece of checked-in baggage up to 10kg, not exceeding 55cm x 38cm x 20cm. With piece, the extra check-in baggage has a 23kg limit with length + width + height not exceeding 115cm.

Carry-on luggage

  • First Class and Business Class: two pieces of carry-on baggage, with a total 12kg combined weight. The two pieces can be one briefcase (45cm x 35cm x 20cm) plus either one handbag (55cm x 38cm x 20cm) or one garment bag (20cm thick when folded)
  • Economy Class: one piece of carry-on baggage (7kg), with a size limitation of 55cm x 38cm x 20cm
  • Passengers travelling with babies (any class): you’re also permitted one handbag for baby food (not over 5kg) and other in-flight necessities and one fully collapsible buggy/carrycot, as a carry-on item if cabin space is available or else as checked baggage in the hold

Seating

  • You may use infant car seats – but you must supply your own (approved) car seat. Cabin crew can help you fit the car seat to the passenger seat
  • A seat must be booked and child’s fare paid for your baby to travel in a car seat onboard
  • The car seat must be the forward facing type and one that can be secured with the lap seatbelt, not a shoulder harness (2-point seatbelt)

Feeding

  • Milk, formula and meals can be heated up by the cabin crew
  • There are no restrictions for breastfeeding onboard
  • You can take formula and baby food onboard (up to 5kg)

Meals

  • A selection prepared baby meals are also available, for no extra charge. All special meals must be booked at least 24 hours in advance of the flight. 
  • Children’s menu (for 2 years to 12 years) is available
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Pregnant travel

  • If you’re pregnant and plan to travel once you’re in your 29th week of pregnancy, a medical certificate or letter signed by an appropriately qualified doctor or midwife is required, stating:
    • whether it’s a single or multiple pregnancy
    • your pregnancy is progressing without complications
    • your estimated date of delivery
    • that you’re in good health
    • that there’s no reason known to them that would prevent you from flying
  • If you choose not to carry a medical certificate, you may not be accepted for travel if there is any doubt about your ability to safely complete the journey.
  • For a multiple pregnancy, no air travel is permitted after the 32nd week
  • For a single pregnancy, after the 36th week travel will only be allowed after prior clearance is granted by the Emirates medical department – a medical information form (MEDIF) will need to be submitted
  • There’s no specific cancellation policy relating to pregnant travel

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