Budget airline easyJet increases infant fare fee

Budget airline easyJet increases infant fare fee

EasyJet hikes some child and baggage charges

EasyJet has raised the price of taking an infant on its planes to £25.

The infant fee, allowing children under two to travel on an adult’s lap, was £22 but has now gone up by £3 or 13 per cent.

Also, checking in a bag at the airport has gone up from £37 to £40. And checking it in at the gate, if it is deemed too big for hand luggage, now costs £50 instead of £47.

Most passengers pay for checked bags before they arrive at the airport and these fees haven’t changed.

An easyJet spokesman defended the additional infant charges saying it covered airport fees and allowed two child items to go in the hold for free, such as a buggy or car seat.

EasyJet said: “The infant fare is a fixed price to keep it simple and provide value for money.

“Whilst our cheapest fares can be similar to the infant fee, this simply demonstrates that our lowest fares help families keep down the cost of their flights.

“The infant fee covers a luggage allowance for parents of two items of hold luggage like a push chair, travel cot or car seat and covers the airport charges levied on easyJet.”