Summer's here and vacation time is fast approaching
Friday 18, June 2010
Summer will officially be here in 2 days time, with the school summer vacation fast approaching and a busy time for airlines. Many children will be travelling alone and for them, up to the age of 12 on domestic flights and 14 on international flights, Air France offers its usual UM service (Unaccompanied Minors) which looks after children from the beginning to the end of their trip.
Air France carries 300,000 unaccompanied minors every year. At Paris-Orly and Paris-Charles de Gaulle, they benefit from dedicated lounges. The lounge at Paris-Charles de Gaulle is the biggest in Europe, specifically dedicated to welcoming young travellers with connecting flights: over 200 sq.m, with Sharp flat screen televisions and Sony Playstations for the older ones and manual activities for the younger ones and games and entertainment for all (table football, board games, magazines etc.).
As priority passengers, UMs board before all other passengers. They are accompanied by an Air France agent to the aircraft where they are taken care of by the cabin crew throughout the flight.
When leaving the aircraft, an Air France agent goes to meet the child and accomapnies them to meet the person waiting for them. The agent checks the identity of the person to ensure it matches the information contained in the child's reservation file.
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