Unaccompanied children: Little passengers are a big deal to us
Children aged between five and 11 years may only fly unaccompanied if they are using our special service or if they are travelling with someone who is at least 12 years old. However, children aged from 12 up to a maximum of 17 years old, who are travelling alone, can also be looked after at the request of their parents.
Please note that with partner airlines other regulations than those described here for Lufthansa may apply to unaccompanied children. If your chosen flight is operated by Germanwings, SWISS, Austrian Airlines or Brussels Airlines, please enquire directly with the airline about the rules for children travelling alone.
Tariffs and charges
|Flight route||Charge in EUR||Charge in USD/CAD|
|Flight segment within Germany or Europe||EUR 60||USD/CAD 90|
|Intercontinental flight segment||EUR 100||USD/CAD 150|
Flight from Vienna via Munich to New York EUR 60 / USD/CAD 90 (for the flight within Europe) + EUR 100 / USD/CAD 150 (for the intercontinental flight) = EUR 160 / USD/CAD 240.
Flight from Delhi via Frankfurt to New York EUR 100 / USD/CAD 150 (for 1. intercontinental flight) + EUR 100 / USD/CAD 150 (for 2. intercontinental flight) = EUR 200 / USD/CAD 300.
Important travel documents and special service form
- valid passport/child’s ID card*
- visa for the destination country**
- travel insurance certificate**
- information on any allergies your child suffers from***
- receipt for pre-paid charges for the special service, if applicable
- declaration of consent from parents/legal guardians that their child may travel unaccompanied**
- the completed special service form*
Please note: The special service form consists of two pages. Please print them both out, complete them in full and bring them with you to the airport.
*Necessary in every case
**Necessary depending on destination country
If you have any questions, please contact the Lufthansa Service Centre. At every airport that Lufthansa flies to the Lufthansa Airport Ticket Team is also on hand if you wish to buy tickets, change your booking or make an enquiry.
Baggage for unaccompanied children
Please also ensure that your child’s checked-in baggage does not exceed the free baggage allowance.
The best of care even before departure
To the Online Check-in
A number of airports also offer you the option of accompanying your child right up to the departure gate. Please enquire about this at a Lufthansa service counter at the airport. For departures from U.S. airports, Lufthansa can issue you with a so-called ‘gate pass’ on presentation of a valid passport and after clearance by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
Service at Frankfurt and Munich Airport
In Departure Hall B at Frankfurt Airport Lufthansa provides a dedicated check-in counter for children who will be travelling alone and their parents. At Munich Airport, counter 447 in the Departure Hall on Level 4 serves the same purpose.
At Frankfurt and Munich airports, specially equipped supervised rooms are available for unaccompanied children. Here the time before boarding will simply fly by! Painting corners, children’s cinema, Nintendo games consoles and loads of toys ensure there is no chance of getting bore.
The best of care during the flight and after landing
Welcome on board!
Our special Children's menues are lovingly served, healthy and delicious. These menus can be ordered up to 24 hours before departure online or by calling the Lufthansa Service Centre on: +49 (0)69 696 799 799.
If your child has to transfer, he or she will be met at the transit airport by a Lufthansa member of staff and taken to the departure gate for the connecting flight.
Welcome at your destination!
Before entrusting your child to the person collecting them, the Lufthansa employee will check that person’s identity by asking to see a valid ID card and comparing it with the details given at the departure airport. Please let the person collecting your child know that they must have a means of identification with them. Even when flights are delayed, your child will, of course, be very well looked after with Lufthansa. We will telephone you as the parent as well as the person who is authorised to collect your child to inform you of relevant delays and the new arrival time of the flight so that there is no unnecessary waiting around at the airport.
At Frankfurt Airport you can collect your child from the Lufthansa support service which is located in the corridor between Departure Halls A and B in Terminal 1; in Munich it is before the exit to Baggage Reclaim.