Unaccompanied Minor Service

Traveling with your child

Unaccompanied Minor Service  

All our child passengers who reached 2nd birthday but not 12th birthday on the beginning date of travel can fly with their mothers, fathers or or an adult companion aged 18 or above. Our child passengers traveling discounted on our flights will have the same baggage allowance provided to our adult passengers. In our international flights, you can make special meal request for your children at least 24 hours before flight.

Children traveling alone

All child passengers aged 2 and over who have not yet reached their 12th birthday can travel with a guardian, but they are also able to travel unaccompanied. However, unaccompanied child passengers who are aged 2 and over and have not yet reached their 7th birthday must be under the supervision of one of our cabin staff.

Traveling with a companion

  • If you are unable to travel with your child and do not have a guardian to travel with them, Turkish Airlines can assign a travel companion for your child as long as you meet their full flight costs.
  • Our assigned in-flight companion, along with members of ground staff, will ensure your child has a safe flight. Your child’s needs during the journey will be dealt with by our assigned staff member who will deliver your child to a nominated adult waiting at the arrival destination at the end of the journey.
  • You must make your request for a companion at least 48 hours before the flight. A request for a companion can only be made by the child passenger’s parent or someone authorized by the parent. The person bringing the child passenger to the airport and handing them over to staff must be the child’s parent or a legal guardian, and must be carrying a notarized document indicating they have the authority to hand over the child passenger.

Traveling without a guardian

Children aged 7 and over who have not yet reached their 12th birthday can travel without a companion. The procedure for unaccompanied child passengers is as follows:

  • Please ensure that children traveling without a guardian arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before the flight. At airports, priority is given to children who are traveling unaccompanied. Furthermore, please bear in mind that there is a special counter for our child passengers at Istanbul Airport.
  • During the check-in process, the member of staff responsible will ask you to sign the necessary documentation and will provide you with information about the procedure.
  • Once check-in and other official processes have been completed, child passengers are escorted on to the aircraft by a member of staff. Please do not leave the airport until your child’s flight has taken off.
  • Child passengers are allocated seats closest to the senior cabin steward.
  • On arrival, cabin crew hand over child passengers to staff waiting at the airport. Once customs and baggage procedures have been completed, our staff will deliver your child to a person you have specified, who will be required to sign a note of confirmation.