Wednesday, August 04, 2021
After considering all possible options to avoid flying your children unaccompanied with an airline, if you do not have any choice rather than to send your loved ones all alone, Qatar Airways unaccompanied minor flight service will be a better choice to avail it.
Being worrisome is a natural phenomenon when you have to decide if your children are flying alone without you or any guardian. But you can get peace of mind when you choose Qatar Airways unaccompanied minor policy for your children flying alone. The airline provides all required facilities to the unaccompanied children that may be required during their journey from picking up at the origin airport to handing over to the designated person at the destination airport.
Children aged between 5 and 15 are called Qatar Airways unaccompanied minors. Children under age 5 will not be allowed to travel alone on Qatar Airways flights. Parents or legal guardians must be accompanying the children who are aged less than 5. An escort service will be provided to those minors who are more than 5 years of age and less than 16 years. If a child has celebrated his/her 16th birthday, he/she will no longer consider an unaccompanied minor.
Unlike other airlines, Qatar Airways does not charge an additional fee or a service charge on booking Qatar Airways flights for children traveling alone. Parents will have to pay the cost of return flights of the representative who will escort their children throughout the journey. The fares of unaccompanied minors will be the same as adult fares. You will be required to pay the full ticket amount like an adult for your child.
The request for Qatar Airways unaccompanied minor booking can be placed at least 72 hours prior to the departure time. Unaccompanied minors booking are not accepted online. You will have to call Qatar Airways or visit the local Qatar Airways sales office to book a flight for your unaccompanied children. Since it needs specific information to be provided to the airline about the children flying alone like complete details of children, dropping off parents, and the person who will pick the children at the destination airport, the booking facility is provided offline only.
It is the guardian’s responsibility to bring the child to the originating airport before the check-in process starts. Unaccompanied minors are given priority at the check-in gate and during performing security norms. All required paperwork is done by the parents before the check-in process of the child. A representative assigned by the airline will be available at the check-in point who will escort the child. The parent will hand over the child and required documents and baggage if any to the representative of the airline to precede the check-in process. The person who is escorting our child will now take care of your child throughout the journey. It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that the greeting parents come on time at the destination airport to receive the child with the same ID which is mentioned by dropping off parents. Thus, it becomes necessary for the first party to fill in correct and accurate information of the receiving party. Parents also need to wait until the check-in process is completed and the child boards the plane.
The receiving party is expected to come to the destination airport before the arrival time of the plane. Once he/she reaches the destination airport, he/she needs to get in touch with the airport authority to get a pass. He must carry the same ID proof which is updated on the form by the first party. The representative of the airline will hand over the child only when the receiving party is completely verified. It is the greeting party’s responsibility to prove his/her identity.
Under Qatar Airways unaccompanied minors escort service your children are safe and protected. It’s now the carrier’s responsibility to get your children reached safely at the destination airport until being released to the receiving parents. Qatar Airways also exclusively provides an unaccompanied minors lounge. These lounges are safe and secured. Only the assigned representative who is escorting the child is authorized to enter the lounge. Other persons including airline staff are strictly prohibited to enter the lounge. These lounges are full of fun as far as children’s entertainment is concerned. Unaccompanied children can get facilitated with Televisions, video games, toys and puzzles. Snacks and refreshment facilities are also available for children. There would be a child-friendly washroom and amenities inside the lounges. Children can enjoy their time when they are waiting for connecting flights. Well-trained supervisors will monitor the children when they are enjoying the wait time inside the lounge.
Under the escort service of Qatar Airways, the assigned person will take care of all needs of the child. He will help your child while boarding the plane and when getting off the plane at the destination airport. He will also help on immigration and customs counter to discharge formality by the child.
Redemption of the award is permissible for unaccompanied flights. You can redeem your ‘Qmiles’ for traveling in economy class. It can be done only on those flights which are marketed and operated by Qatar Airways. To redeem the ‘Qmiles’ simply log in to your account at qmiles.com and follow the procedure of miles redemption. You will need to provide complete details of the unaccompanied child such as child name as per passport and child’s date of birth. A scanned copy of the child’s passport is also to be submitted on the portal while placing a redemption request. Please be advised that for the availing facility of ‘Qmiles’ you have to place a request at least 4 days prior to the departure date.
How will you know that your child has arrived?
Qatar Airways will call both parties and tell them the expected arrival time of the plane so that the greeting person can ensure his/her availability on time at the destination airport.
How does the minor child collect the bags?
Unaccompanied minor’s bags will have special tags for quick and easy recognition by the child and the representative of the airline who is escorting the child.
What documents are needed for booking unaccompanied flights?
The child’s passport should be valid for at least the next 6 months, a valid visa of the country visiting in, and a return permit to ensure the smooth return of the child if necessary.
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