Flights between Amsterdam and Curaçao will only allow over 16’s in the first 17 rows.
A European low-cost carrier has announced it will make sections of its planes for adults only.
Corendon Airlines is implementing an over-16 zone on flights between Amsterdam and Curaçao, the Dutch territory in the Caribbean.
The area will be situated at the front of its Airbus A350 jets, with a wall or curtain separating it from the rest of the aircraft.
There will be 93 regular seats and nine extra-large seats with more legroom available in the quiet, child-free haven.
Correndon announced that it will cost an extra €100 for tickets in the section’s XL seats and €45 for standard seats.
In a statement, the airline’s founder and CEO, Atilay Uslu, said: “On board our flights, we always strive to respond to the different needs of our customers. We are also the first Dutch airline to introduce the Only Adult zone, as we try to cater to travelers who are looking for some extra rest during their flight.
“We also believe that this can have a positive effect on parents traveling with small children. They can enjoy the flight without worrying when their children make a little more noise.”
However, not all parents agree.
When the news was shared in a discussion forum on Bébé Voyage, a global network and resource for traveling families, many felt that drunk or otherwise unruly adults onboard pose more of a problem than children.
Although Corendon Airlines’ announcement is the first for a European carrier, it’s not a new concept in Asia.
Scoot—a budget Singapore-based carrier—has Scoot-in-Silence cabins on its 787 flights that are only accessible to travellers over 12.
AirAsia X has also carved out special spaces for passengers over 12 with a Quiet Zone on its A330 long-haul flights.
And in 2012, Malaysia Airlines announced it would create child-free zones in some of its coach-class sections and ban infants in first-class on its jumbo jets.
Additionally, Indian low-cost airline IndiGo has had “Quiet Zones” since 2016 where children under 12 are prohibited from sitting.
According to a recent survey, nearly 60% of American adults agree that a child-free area on planes should be a thing.