Pregnancy and flying

Before you book your flight check our what your airline says about flying during pregnancy. For more information on family friendly airline policies see our article on flying with baby.

Easyjet

I’m pregnant, can I travel? Expectant mothers can travel with us up to 27 weeks (inclusive) without a medical certificate. If you want to travel when you’re between 28-35 week (inclusive) pregnant, you need to have a certificate from your doctor or midwife confirming how many weeks pregnant you are at the time of the flight, and that in their opinion you are fit to fly. Please note that the certificate needs to cover all the dates of your travel. We cannot accept pregnant women for travel on or after week 36, so therefore all outbound and return flights need to be completed no later than the end of week 35.

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British Airways

I’m pregnant, can I travel? You can travel up to the end of the 36th week for single pregnancies and the end of the 32nd week for multiple births (e.g. twins). After 28 weeks, you need to carry a certificate from your doctor or midwife confirming the estimated date of delivery and that there are no complications with your pregnancy.

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Ryanair

I’m pregnant, can I fly? For uncomplicated single pregnancies, Ryanair restricts travel beyond the end of the 36th week, and for twins, triplets etc., beyond the end of the 32nd week. Once your pregnancy has entered its 28th week, we ask that you carry with you a letter (in English) from your midwife/doctor confirming that the pregnancy is uncomplicated, the expected date of delivery and that you are in good health and fit to fly.

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Thomson

I’m pregnant, can I fly? For uncomplicated single pregnancies, return travel with Thomson Airways must be completed by 36 weeks for shorthaul, and 34 weeks for long haul. For multiple pregnancies (e.g. twins), Thomson Airways will carry expectant mothers up to 32 weeks. Other airlines may only allow travel up to the 28th week. Thomson Airways will require a note from your doctor or midwife if you will be over 28 weeks pregnant when you are due to fly. This note should state your date of confinement pregnancy is uncomplicated, and you are fit to fly.

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Virgin

I’m pregnant, can I fly? Providing your pregnancy has been uncomplicated and you are not experiencing a related medical condition, there is no problem flying whilst pregnant until your 28th week. For travel between 28-36 weeks, a Pregnancy Information Form is required confirming the Estimated Date of Delivery and that the pregnancy is uncomplicated. For multiple uncomplicated pregnancies when travelling between 28-32 weeks, a Pregnancy Information Form is required confirming the Estimated Date of Delivery and that the pregnancy is uncomplicated.

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Sources: British Airways, Easyjet, Ryanair, Virgin Atlantic, Thomson 15 September 2011

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