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Ryanair passengers travelling with kids will have to pay for reserved seats

From 1 September this year, Ryanair passengers travelling with children under 12-years-old on all Ryanair flights will be forced to purchase at least one reserved seat.

Ryanair announces changes to its reserved seating policy
Ryanair announces changes to its reserved seating policy. Image by Ryanair

This new change is Ryanair’s policy is to avoid future boarding issues where parents request to be seated with their children when boarding the plane. Ryanair’s current policy states that all passengers can choose whether to pay to reserve a seat online or to be given a random seat on the plane. Currently, the cost to reserve a seat online stands at €8 per person per flight but the airline says that one adult in every booking with children will be able to reserve a seat for just €4 from now on, while children under 12 will receive a reserved seat free-of-charge.

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Passengers with young children will now have to pay for reserved seating Image by Ryanair/Twitter

The low-cost airline believes this new change will make travelling less stressful for families with young children. Speaking of the change in policy, a Ryanair spokesperson Kenny Jacobs said: “The change will allow families to select their preferred seats at the time of booking, check-in for their flights up to 30 days prior to departure and fly safe in the knowledge that they will always get to sit together with their children.”

The Irish airline continues to grow, announcing new routes earlier this year as well as increased profits and the rollout of new accommodation services.