Per Air Canada’s Unaccompanied Minor service, children can travel alone for a fee—but only on eligible flights.
Eligible flights comprise only the following types of non-stop flights:
- On Air Canada or Air Canada Rouge
- On Air Canada Express
(flown by Jazz, Sky Regional or Exploits Valley Air 8K – Flight series 7615-7649)
- For children below 8, the Unaccompanied Minor service is not available. However, they may travel only on these conditions: (i) they must be accompanied by a passenger who is at least 16 years old (ii) the passenger is seated next to the child.
- For children between 8 and 11 years old, the Unaccompanied Minor service is mandatory, i.e. they can travel as unaccompanied minors only after the purchase of the Unaccompanied Minor service.
- For children between 12 and 17 years old, the Air Canada Unaccompanied Minors service is optional, i.e., can travel alone or purchase the Unaccompanied Minor service.
Guidelines for Unaccompanied Minors
If your child is flying as an Unaccompanied Minor on an Air Canada reservation, this is what you should do:
- Contact Air Canada Reservations or your travel agent and tell them that your child will be traveling accompanied. You will be informed about the service details and procedures.
- Your child will not be allowed to travel unaccompanied if he/she is:
- Deaf or blind
- Severely allergic to peanut or peanut products
- Severely allergic to cats
- If your child has a medical condition, he/she can’t travel unaccompanied without valid medical approval. For more information, you’ll have to contact Air Canada’s Medical Assistance team.
- When you get to the airport, do the following:
- Go to the Air Canada counter to start check-in formalities.
- You will be asked to provide your child’s identification (only original documents are accepted). If your child is traveling within Canada, you’ll need to present the birth certificate, passport or other government-issued ID. For international flights (including the U.S.), a passport is required.
- You’ll be asked to fill out a ‘Request for Carriage’ form (attached to an envelope) containing:
- Your child’s ID and flight number
- The name(s) and contact information of the person(s) who will be meeting your child at his/her destination
- The authorizing signature of your child’s guardian/parent
The envelope will remain with an Air Canada agent, along with your child’s passport, flight ticket, emergency numbers, and Customs-related documentation.
- You must remain at the airport till the flight takes off—even after you have handed over your child to an Air Canada agent’s care.
If you have any doubts, ask Air Canada Reservations for clarification.
Frequently Asked Questions on Air Canada Unaccompanied Minors Policy
What do I need to know if I’m traveling with my baby on Air Canada?
If you’re traveling with a child, here are a few things you can do to make your flight stress-free and entertaining:
- Arrive early at the airport
- Get your child’s favorite food
- Bring a small, quiet toy
- Be patient with your child ?
For more information, visit Air Canada’s Children and Travel page.