We’ve all been there before; we just start to get comfortable on a flight but then suddenly a baby cries out and doesn’t stop until landing. And whether you were trying to fall asleep, watch a movie, or simply sit in peace, you might have preferred to do without a screaming child a few rows over. Well, this European airline is going to offer the first ‘Only Adult’ zone amongst European carriers.
Corendon Airlines will be launching the ‘Only Adult’ zones on flights between Amsterdam and Curaçao, starting November 3, 2023. The A350-900 aircraft will reserve 93 seats in the front of the plane for passengers 16 and up. The child-free section will be separated from remaining passengers by walls and curtains for a “shielded environment.”
But the peace comes at a price. Tickets in the only adult zone will cost an additional €45. Plus, travelers can add on extra legroom in the secluded section for an extra €100.
The zoning intends to provide a quiet environment for passengers without children or those traveling for business. In contrast, parents with children won’t have to worry about upsetting nearby passengers if their child begins to get jittery or make loud noises.
“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 trying to appeal to travelers looking for some extra peace of mind during their flight,” said Corendon founder, Atilay Uslu.
Corendon Airlines is not the first company to invent the concept. Other airlines including AirAsia have already implemented ‘Quiet Zones’ for those 12 and up, and Malaysia Airlines launched child-free zones in some coach-class sections a few years back.
So we can only begin to wonder if this might soon be implemented among airlines in America. According to a recent poll, almost 60% of American adults were interested in the idea of child-free zones on planes and trains. Do you agree?