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Infants

We welcome families travelling with infants, which are defined as children aged between 7 days and up to 24 months old.

Ticketing options

There are two types of tickets that can be booked if you are travelling with young children under 12 years of age: infant or child. These are available for booking on our website or by calling our Global Contact Centres.

Ticket type Booked seat Baggage Allowance Age requirement
Infant No booked seat

Per infant:

Maximum of 2 pieces with a total weight of 10 kg for most destinations;
Or, 1 piece for the Americas and New Zealand.


See baggage allowance for full details and extra allowances.

Infant must be under 24 months old throughout the whole journey*
Child With booked seat

Same standard baggage allowance as an adult booking. 

See baggage allowance for full details and extra allowances.

Any age up to 12 years old

*Note:

If the infant turns two years old before the return trip, you will need to pay the applicable child fare, tax, fee, and charges. 

Usually the infant ticket price is calculated from a discount applied to an adult ticket. If the adult ticket doesn’t offer an infant discount, the next higher fare that offers the discount will be used as the base for calculation. The infant ticket is also subject to fare rules and conditions.

Flying with an infant under 24 months old

A healthy, newborn infant is ready to travel with us after the first week of delivery (7 days old). We require a parent or guardian (aged 18 or above) to travel in the same cabin as the infant at all times.

If your child is 2 years old or above, please see our information about flying with children or as an unaccompanied minor.

Travelling with more than one infant

If you are travelling with more than one infant on board, please note that each parent or guardian may bring a maximum of two infants.

  • One of the two infants must reach 6 months old and occupy an infant car safety seat. The applicable child fare will be charged.
  • The other infant must be secured onto the parent or guardian with a child restraint device. Infant fare will be charged.
  • The parent or guardian should bring their own infant car safety seat, which must comply with the Safety seats and devices.
  • These conditions are subject to aircraft type. Some car safety seats, child restraint devices and CARES harnesses are not able to be used on our seats due to safety requirements. For further information, please contact our reservation office. See safety seats and devices

Flying tips

Let us know if there’s anything you need to help make your flight a smoother one for you and your infant. Be sure to check our list of Restricted Items before you leave home.

Diaper changing tables

Each aircraft has at least two toilets with fold-down tables for changing diapers.

Infant food and breastfeeding

All our flights come fully stocked with baby food. See our special meals menu.

Breastfeeding your baby is allowed during all phases of flight. If you wish to use electric breast pumps while on board, you can do so after the announcement that electronic devices could be switched on, and up until the seat belt sign is switched on before landing. The pumps have to be stowed for take-off, taxiing and landing.

If you bring personal food items on board, please note that we cannot reheat or chill them due to hygiene reasons. To warm your food items, you can request a container with hot water. To bring any food or expressed milk that require refrigeration, please pack in either a cool bag or vacuum flask. You may bring dry ice (up to 2.5 kg /5.5 lb) that is suitably packed to allow CO2 gases to evaporate freely, and you must let us know you are bringing dry ice during check-in.

For more information, please see CDC Travel recommendations, Link opens in a new window operated by external parties and may not conform to the same accessibility policies as Cathay Pacific for the nursing mother.

Bassinets, safety seats, and safety devices

All our aircraft are equipped with special baby bassinets – with the exception of Cathay Dragon flights operated on Airbus A320 aircraft.

Bassinet specifications
  • Our onboard bassinet measures 76.20 cm x 38.10 cm x  20.32cm (30 in x 15 in x 8 in) and can carry up to 12 kg
  • A baby older than 6 months may feel uncomfortable in a bassinet
  • Please make the request for a baby bassinet at the time of reservation

You can bring your own personal car safety seats as long as they meet our specifications. Due to safety requirements, some aircraft may not be able to accommodate your car safety seat. In those cases, a specially designed child restraint seat may be offered instead.

If you do not want to purchase an extra seat for your infant or child, they may travel with you as long as you use the appropriate safety device. Please let us know if you want a child restraint device when you make your reservation with us. This child restraint device secures your infant or child onto you during the flight for their safety.

See safety seats and devices

Seating location

There are some emergency seat locations in the plane which are not suitable for parents and guardians with infants. Please check with our local office or your travel agent that your seats have the right safety precautions when you make the reservation. 

See aircraft seating plans

More information

Please contact our local reservations office or your travel agent and let them know any special requirements you may have for your infant.

View reservations office contact information