Airline to offer 'adult-only' zones where children are banned for extra fee

An airline is offering ‘adult-only’ zones on flights to allow passengers to avoid sitting next to babies and children for an additional fee.

Turkish-Dutch operators Corendon Airlines will charge around £38 to sit in special seats, which is effectively equivalent to a train’s ‘quiet section’. The firm announced that it will launch the scheme on its 10-hour route between Amsterdam and the Caribbean island of Curaçao in November. The new tranquil section will be located at the front of the plane, closed off by walls and a curtain.

There will be 93 standard seats that can be reserved by passengers 16 years and older for €45 (£38) per flight. There will also be nine seats in the zone with extra legroom that will cost passengers €100 (£85). Corendon argues that the new zone benefits both those seeking quiet travel and those with children.

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Atilay Uslu, the founder of Corendon, said in a statement shared on the airline’s website: “On board our flights, we always strive to respond to the different needs of our customers,” and the move is part of the airline’s efforts to try and “appeal to travellers looking for some extra peace of mind” during their flight.

“We also believe this can have a positive effect on parents travelling with small children,” Uslu added in his statement. “They can enjoy the flight without worrying if their children make more noise.” Corendon is the first European airline to offer child-free seating but is not the first worldwide. Scoot, a low-cost Singapore-based airline, launched Scoot-in-Silence cabins in 2013.

The economy cabin quiet zone, where only travellers aged 12 and over are seated, also offers more legroom and adjustable headrests. AirAsia X also boasts a child-free zone on its A330 long-haul flights, while Indian budget airline IndiGo has two areas on its flights where children under the age of 12 are not permitted to sit. Child-free zones on flights are controversial and every airline to have introduced such areas on planes has been criticised. However, many have also praised airlines for prioritising peaceful travel.

In response to Corendon’s decision, one Facebook user said: “Hope more airlines do this.” Another added: “A dream that comes true.” A third said: “A great concept in my opinion. Now, we just need the adults to behave too, then all will be perfect.” However, another said: “Well, a lot of adults are whiny crybabies as well, so I’ll take children making noise over stuck-up unmannered adults any day.”

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