Expectant mothers can fly up to 28 weeks of pregnancy. Once an uncomplicated pregnancy reaches its 28th week we require expectant mothers to carry a ‘fit to fly’ letter completed by their midwife or doctor.
For an uncomplicated single pregnancy, travel is not permitted beyond the end of the 36th week of pregnancy. For an uncomplicated twins, triplets etc. pregnancy, travel is not permitted beyond the end of the 32nd week of pregnancy.
What is a pregnancy fit to fly letter?
Once an uncomplicated pregnancy reaches its 28th week (at the time of outbound or return travel) we require expectant mothers to carry a ‘fit to fly’ letter completed by their midwife or doctor. This completed form must be presented to the cabin crew when boarding the aircraft, travel is not permitted without this completed form.
If you have any doubts about your suitability to fly or if you have had any complications while pregnant please speak to your doctor before booking your flights.
Is there a minimum time period before a newborn baby and mother are allowed to travel on a flight?
A baby must be at least 8 days old before we can accept him/her on to one of our flights, due to the physical effects of flying at high-altitude. Therefore, please note that we would always advise the newborn's parents or guardians to ensure that the treating doctor agrees to him/her travelling by air.
Similarly, the baby's mother can be accepted for travel from 48 hours after the birth of her baby subject to having delivered without any complications or surgery. If a caesarean section was performed or if surgery was needed for the mother then the minimum period before we could accept her for travel would be 10 days. However, this is also subject to approval for travel from her treating doctor.