Air Canada Unaccompanied Minor Policy

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Children who travel without a parent or legal guardian are considered unaccompanied minors. Take every precaution to ensure your child’s safety when he or she flies alone.

We have included detailed information on the rules and age restrictions for unaccompanied minors travelling alone, as well as an overview of the unaccompanied minors’ journey, as well as the service fee charged by airlines.

Rules For Travelling Alone with Minors on Air Canada

As part of its unaccompanied minor policy, Air Canada charges 118 USD/CAD on every child per way when depart from Canada or the U.S. In addition –

  • A ticket for an unaccompanied minor must be purchased on the adult fare.
  • Only Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge, and Air Canada Express are available for unaccompanied minors.
  • Air Canada Bistro service is available to unaccompanied minors between the ages of 8 and 17 who are traveling as unaccompanied minors.
  • Pets are not allowed in the cabin of unaccompanied minors.
  • Minors under the age of 12 cannot be accompanied by adults younger than 16 years of age.
  • It is permitted to travel domestically and internationally.
  • On the last leg/connection of the day, unaccompanied minors are not permitted to travel.

Red-eye flights are not permitted for unaccompanied minors under the unaccompanied minor program. Exceptions are allowed in the following circumstances:

  • A domestic short-haul/non-stop flight with a duration of less than 2 hours is required.
  • Flying within Canada
  • Taking an international flight

Unaccompanied Minors: Age Restrictions

Minors travelling alone with Air Canada are subject to the following age restrictions:

Children below the age of 8 cannot travel on the Unaccompanied Minor service, but they can only travel on the following

  • A passenger must be at least 16 years old to accompany them.
  • The child is seated next to the passenger.

Children between the ages of 8 and 11 must purchase the Unaccompanied Minor service in order to travel unaccompanied.

Children between 12 and 17 years of age can travel alone or purchase the Air Canada Unaccompanied Minors service.

What is the process for booking unaccompanied minors on Air Canada?

Contact Air Canada to ensure that unaccompanied minors are eligible for travel and that the travel is properly documented.

It is recommended to discuss your child’s trip with them before departure, and remind them not to leave the gate area if they have any questions about the trip. Notify the airlines if your child has any special needs, and remind them never to leave the gate area. Parents/legal guardians need to pack the following items for unaccompanied minors:

  • Checked bags are available for carrying larger items, which can be picked up after landing by the accompanying adult.
  • Attach your child’s contact card and ID card to his or her outerwear or carryon bag.
  • The essentials can be packed into this small backpack.

Documents that are required to fly alone on Air Canada

During your child’s unaccompanied minor trip, you should contact the Air Canada airport support desk for details on drop-off and pick-up procedures. Your child will be given a LAN ID to wear on the journey. When traveling, passengers are required to carry a pack of documents, including their boarding passes and identification card. The accompanying adult must provide the following information to check-in:

  • Passport or driving license with a photo.
  • Please provide your address and contact information
  • Passport or birth certificate of unaccompanied minor
  • Consent form for unaccompanied minors on Air Canada.
  • Unaccompanied minor’s name, location, and contact information for the adult awaiting them at their destination.

Air Canada unaccompanied minor fee

As per Air Canada’s minor travel policy, a service fee of between 100 and 118 USD/CAD per child, regardless of the class of service and fare type chosen by you, will be applied per child for each way of travel.

Frequently Asked Questions

Each way, we charge $150 unaccompanied service fee (plus tax, if applicable).

Children 12 and older can use the airline's Young Travelers service for no fee, but adults escorting and picking up the child will need gate passes.

Traveling with children under 8 requires an adult passenger age 16 or older.

Traveling with children under 8 requires an adult passenger age 16 or older.

When a child is 12-15 years old, he or she may travel unaccompanied. However, an adult must sign the Form of Indemnity at the airport check-in desk before the flight departs. The child cannot fly if the form is not completed. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 or older.

Children over the age of 12 can travel alone, and they fly on an adult fare if they are unaccompanied.

A child between the ages of 8 and 11 may travel alone only if they purchase the Unaccompanied Minor Service. A child between the ages of 12 and 17 may travel alone without any restrictions.

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