Turkish airline Corendon has divided opinion after outlining plans to launch an adults-only sections on its flights which will see children banned from entering cordoned off areas and kept behind curtains and walls.
For an extra £38-£105, adult passengers will have the opportunity to make their journeys in the child-free zones and enjoy a ‘calm and relaxed flight,’ Corendon said.
The carrier is set to start offering the option to sit in ‘Only Adult’ zones, on its A350 flights between Amsterdam and the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao, from November 3 this year.
The child-free section of the aircraft will consist of 102 seats, including 93 standard seats and a further nine ‘XL’ with extra legroom, that will be cordoned off ‘by means of walls and curtains,’ Corendon said.
The airline has argued the ‘Only Adult’ zone will ‘create a shielded environment’ for passengers ‘that contributes to a calm and relaxed flight’.
The ‘Only Adult’ area will be available on Corendon’s A350 flights between Amsterdam and the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao, launching from November 3 this year
The Turkish carrier said the adult-only zones will offer travellers the opportunity to enjoy a ‘calm and relaxed flight’
A seat reservation in the adult zone is for over-16s and costs 45 euros (£38/$48) in the standard area and 100 euros (£85/$107) in the XL zone.
The Turkish carrier explained: ‘This zone in the aircraft is intended for passengers travelling without children and for business travellers who want to work in a quiet environment.
‘At the same time, the introduction of the Only Adult zone also has a positive effect for parents with children.
‘They don’t have to worry as much about possible reactions from fellow passengers if their child is a bit busier or cries.’
Atilay Uslu, founder of Corendon, 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, because we cater to travellers looking for some extra peace of mind during their flight.
‘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 make more noise.’
Airline Corendon is launching a zone (above) where children are banned
Twitter users said they would be willing to pay more to have peace and quiet while flying
Social media users said adult only flights shouldn’t be an issue considering other child-free spaces
Twitter users questioned the extent to which it’s possible to create a child-free zone
Flyers were quick to give their verdicts on Corendon’s plans, as some travelers said they would be willing to pay extra for an adults-only flight.
‘I would honestly pay extra to be on adult-only flights,’ Twitter user Sullysweg said.
Another user said the idea makes sense considering the world now has adult only, resort, parties and weddings.
‘They have adult only resorts, parties, weddings so flights shouldn’t be an issue,’ MsDecember said.
Meanwhile, others took to social media to question the extent it would be possible to actually have a quiet section on a flight.
‘There can’t be a “section on the plane. One screaming baby can be heard anywhere on that plane,’ Bentleyboo2023 said.
Corendon isn’t the first airline to help passengers keen to keep their distance from youngsters.
Scoot, a low-cost subsidiary of Singapore Airlines that launched in 2012, offers the option for passengers to sit in a ‘ScootinSilence’ seat towards the front of the plane, where under-12s are banned.
And Japan Airlines has a feature on its booking system that indicates which seats on the plane will be occupied by infants up to the age of two.