Flying to Mauritius with kids may seem impossible at first, but it can really be an exciting adventure! To be able to enjoy your flight and make the experience fun for the kids, will however take some planning and preparation. Here are some tips and tricks to make the journey as smooth and stress-free as possible.
Flight Times: The Holiday Factory sells packages with direct flights either from Johannesburg or Cape Town to Mauritius with Air Mauritius. Flying from Johannesburg to Mauritius takes about 4 hours and 30 minutes, while flying from Cape Town takes about 6 hours.
Baggage Allowance: The baggage allowance for children aged 2 to 11 is the same as that for adults, which is 23kg for checked baggage and 7kg for hand luggage. For infants under 2 years of age, 10kg of checked luggage and 1 collapsible stroller/pushchair is allowed.
Meals: Meals and beverages are provided on all Air Mauritius flights, including special meals for people with dietary restrictions, which can be requested when booking your flight or at least 24 hours before your departure. You can also choose your child’s meal choices, including baby meals.
In-Flight Entertainment: Air Mauritius offers in-flight entertainment systems on all of its flights. There is a range of movies, TV shows, music, games, and more specifically tailored to children.
Fares for Kids: Although Air Mauritius offers reduced fares for children under 12 years old, the exact amount may vary depending on availability and the specific fare type. Infants under 2 years old may travel for free, just paying airport taxes when sitting on their parent’s lap, but then they won’t be entitled to their own seat.
Tips and tricks for air travel with children:
Snacks, Drinks, and Games: Children are provided with fun games on Air Mauritius including O’s and X’s with a score card, a pencil, a cap and a water bottle. Be sure to pack plenty of your children’s favourite snacks and drinks. Also pack in some toys, board games, and even books if they like reading which can help keep them entertained and occupied during the flight and at the airport.
Clothes and Nappies: Be sure to pack extra clothes and diapers for infants, as well as a changing pad and wipes, which might make an awkward situation more comfortable. Also remember to bring enough milk and baby food to last for at least 8 hours to account for while you are in the air and also waiting at the airport. Air Mauritius will supply you with an infant hospitality kit containing a toy, 2 nappies and a ready-to-use baby bottle.
Blocking out the Noise: To block out the noise of the aircraft for the children, it would be wise to bring along noise-cancelling headphones to ensure better rest for them. If at the very least they don’t work for the kids, the passenger sitting next to you may appreciate using them!
Documentation: Remember that infants and children under 18 years of age, need to have a passport as well as an unabridged birth certificate for travel. Additionally, an affidavit letter of consent is required if the child travels with only one parent. Valid return flight tickets and confirmed accommodation bookings are also required.
By following these tips and tricks, flying to Mauritius with your kids can be a fun and enjoyable experience for the whole family and the beginning of a lovely island holiday.