Parents of tiny tots know all too well that air travel means trying to squeeze a zillion nappies, wipes, toys and more into their own checked in luggage.
Now Virgin Australia have announced parents of infants can take advantage of a sizeable new 23kg checked baggage allowance, free of charge.
The Thursday announcement is the latest in a round of initiatives designed to woo families to the airline.
It’s also the only airline to offer such a generous allowance specifically for those travelling with a child under 23 months.
As well as the additional 23kg bag, parents can also take two infant items — such as a pram, cot, baby capsule or car seat — and are entitled to an additional 7kg carry-on bag for baby essentials.
“We know travelling with an infant can be incredibly stressful and we’re pleased to make that journey a little more effortless by introducing an infant baggage allowance on domestic and international flights,” said Paul Woosnam, Virgin Australia’s General Manager of Ground Operations.
“We want to be the airline of choice for travelling families and we’re proud to be the only carrier in Australia to recognise that travelling with an infant sometimes means packing far more than usual.
“We think parents will be pleased, too, as they can now pack a little extra for themselves on their next trip.”
The airline was recently ranked fifth in a list of Australian airlines with the most generous baggage allowances by holiday comparison site Globehunters, with regional airline FlyPelican nabbing the top spot.