Traveling with an infant on Indigo Airlines

Traveling with Baby

This is a post about my experience on traveling with an infant on Indigo Airlines. We have traveled with a newborn on Air India, Jet Airways and Indigo Airlines. To read about everything you want to know before traveling with an infant, read my post about flying with an infant 101.

Flying with an infant on Indigo Airlines { REVIEW }

I have taken one flight with my baby on Indigo Airlines when she was 3.5 months old. I wasn’t sure if I should be flying with an economy Airlines with an infant and how their services might be. But their lucrative offers got me and I decided to book a seat from Delhi – Indore on Indigo Airlines.

Online booking on Indigo Airlines

The online booking system of Indigo Airlines can be found at goindigo.in and is pretty smooth. It allows you to book an infant ticket with your own. Indigo also allows you to pay upfront at the airport booking counter for an infant in case you forgot to do so. You can also select seats (paid service) and choose a meal (paid) for yourself while booking your flight online.

Infant Airline ticket cost on Jet Airways: Rs 1200 + taxes

PRO TIP: You can choose to book an extra seat for the infant if you like to put the infant in a car seat next to you. However, be aware that Indigo only allows FAA approved car seats for infants.

Check In

The check in is pretty smooth. If you’re flying with an infant on Indigo Airlines, you can skip the long line of check ins and head straight to the priority check in line !

Baggage

Indigo does not give you any extra kilos on infant ticket, however you can carry a car seat and stroller free of cost. You can check it in as a fragile item or choose to take it till the door of the aircraft where someone will take it from you and hand it over to you when you deboard the plane.

Security

The security check is usually a line I’ve never been able to skip but if you do have a security official in sight, just ask them to open the ribbons on the stands and give you a shorter way to enter the security or skip the long winding queue.

flying with an infant on Indigo Airlines

Boarding

During boarding as well, the staff calls for people on wheelchair, senior citizens and parents traveling with an infant on Indigo Airlines to board first.

In case you miss the call or arrive late, just skip the queue and ask them to board you first. I generally apologize to the staff and others standing to board before me and say, “I’m sorry I had to cut the queue but I’m travelling with a baby.” It’s quite effective and people won’t stare you down. I do it because I genuinely do not like to cut queues but if you don’t like to apologize, don’t because it’s your right to board first when traveling with an infant.

Car seat and / or stroller / travel system

You are allowed to carry a car seat and / or stroller or a travel system free of cost over and above the 15 kg check in luggage + 7 kg hand baggage. You can choose to check in the stroller and car seat as a fragile item in the check in luggage or take it with you till the door of the aircraft where someone will take it from you and give it back to you when you deboard. If you want it back, you will have to inform the steward(ess) to inform the ground staff to get the stroller/ car seat when you deboard.

Flying with an infant on Indigo Airlines

If you have not booked an extra seat for your infant on Indigo Airlines, you will have to carry your baby on your lap throughout the flight. They are quite strict about taking the car seats inside and the flight I boarded was choc-a-bloc so be ready to leave the car seat at the door of the aircraft.

Infant Food

Indigo Airlines does not offer complimentary food as it is a budget airline. Indigo food menu however had a lot of variety and is quite interesting. You can pre book a meal to get around 25% off or buy on the flight.

Indigo also offers some coupons for flight discount, free meal, priority check in etc for Rs 899 if flight is booked 30 days in advance. These coupons are valid for 1 year.

Indigo has no options for baby food.

Diaper change

I never had to change Mi’s diapers in flight when she was exclusively on breast milk but diaper changes are the ghost in the closet when traveling with a baby who had started solids.

After starting solids, babies tend to poop little ‘pooplets’ many times a day and man are they smelly ! This can make you uncomfortable because the baby is on your lap and you can smell it. It will also make you uncomfortably aware of your proximity with co passengers and that you are subjecting them to your baby’s poop bomb. It’s all the more annoying if the seat belt sign is on and you can’t go to the toilet to change dirty diapers.

Whatever you do, DO NOT change the diaper on the seat. The airlines authority would make it a crime if they could. The best is to wait for the seatbelt sign to go off and rush to the toilet or let the flight land and use the toilet in the aircraft to change the diaper. If the smell is bearable, you can choose to enter the airport and use the baby care room over there.

Indigo Airlines has a diaper changing table in only one of the toilets so you might have to wait a little if it is already occupied.

Indigo Airlines Staff and Service

A special mention to their onboard staff and service. Indigo steward(ess)’ have been the nicest crew I have ever interacted on flights. Even though Indigo Airlines is a budget player, their staff and service is 5 star.

Recommended Read:

Traveling with an infant on Air India

Infant travel on Jet Airways { Review + Tips for Moms }

Traveling with an infant on a plane 101 – Everything you need to know

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