European airline creates first ‘adult only’ flight to escape crying babies

A European airline has become the first to offer an “adult only” flight designed to offset the once-inescapable inconvenience of crying children aboard planes. 

Turkish-owned Corendon Airlines has organised an adults-only part of the plane where people over the age of 16 can fly in peace.

The front 93 seats on their 432-seat Airbus A350 from Amsterdam to the Caribbean island of Curacao will be on offer for an additional £39 (€45) one way. 

The offer follows a series of adult only hotels afforded by the flight provider as a part of some of their holiday packages. 

It comes as a survey conducted for Newsweek found that almost 60 percent agreed that an adult-only zone on planes and trains “would be a positive thing,” while 27 percent disagreed and 14 percent were unsure.

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Corendon founder Atilay Uslu said in a statement: “Onboard our flights, we always strive to respond to the different needs of our customers.

“We also believe this can have a positive effect on parents travelling with small children. They can enjoy the flight without worrying if their children are making too much noise.”

Corendon Airlines will kick off the initiative in November and it will become the first European airline to offer a child-free zone.

AirAsia, Scoot and IndiGo have all introduced similar child-free or “quiet” zones.

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AirAsia X has a Quiet Zone on its A330 long-haul flights that is reserved for passengers aged 12 and above.

Scoot, a low-cost Singapore-based carrier, features ScootinSilence cabins on its 787 flights. These are also only accessible to travellers over 12.

On the Corendon flight, a handful of adult only seats will have additional leg room for a cost of £86 (€100). 

TUI, KLM, and Transavia told the Dutch newspaper that they have no current plans to exclude children from parts of their planes.

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