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Domestic Indian airlines flight policy for Pregnant Women and infant babies

airline travel expecting and flying flight policy for pregnant women

As you plan any vacations, baby moon or getaway this season in your Pregnancy, don't forget to read the policy of various Domestic Indian airlines like IndiGo, Go Air, SpiceJet, Air India, Tata Vistara for Pregnant women to avoid the last minute chaos and confusion. Most airlines have a defined timeline of allowing pregnant passengers and its good to be informed on the same beforehand.

IndiGo

Normal pregnancies: 

  • Expectant mothers may be permitted to fly on IndiGo flights till the end of 36 weeks of pregnancy, provided there are no prior complications. 
  • 'Fit to Fly' certificate from the treating obstetrician, dated not more than 7 days before the date of travel, is required only if the pregnancy is between the 28th and 36th week.

Multiple (twins, triplets etc.) pregnancies:

  • Expectant mothers may be permitted to fly on IndiGo flights only till the end of 32 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Fit to Fly certificate from the treating obstetrician, dated not more than 7 days before the date of travel, is required only if the pregnancy is between 28th & 32nd week.

Complicated pregnancies:

  • Expectant mothers shall not be allowed to travel beyond 32 weeks of pregnancy in case of complicated pregnancy.
  • 'Fit to Fly' certificate from the treating obstetrician, dated not more than 3 days before the date of travel, is required only if the pregnancy is between 28th & 32nd week. 
  • In addition, medical clearance is given by the company doctor who will discuss the case on an individual basis with the passenger’s doctor/or will check all the medical documents of the passenger (pregnant lady) in case treating obstetrician is not contactable.

Post Delivery

  • Not specified. Best to check with the airline. 

SpiceJet

  1. Expectant mothers may travel up to and including 36 weeks of their pregnancy, and will be accepted between the 28 to 36 weeks only if they are in possession of a doctor's certificate confirming the stage of their pregnancy and stating that they are fit to fly.
  2. The certificate validity is for 2 weeks. This will have to be presented at check-in when requested. However in case of any associated complications (multiple pregnancy, complicated single pregnancy), a more recent certificate (within 48 hours) has to be produced.
  3. Expectant mothers 37 weeks and above are not allowed to fly.
  4. SpiceJet carries infants accompanied by adult passengers subject to availability of inventory. "Infants" are classified as children above 7 days and below 2 years of age on the date of travel. Proof of age is required, so please carry the Infant's Passport/valid ID (birth certificate) for inspection at the airport on the date of travel. Infants under seven (7) days will only be accepted upon medical authorization from a physician.
  5. Passengers traveling with an infant need to book the infant inventory by paying the requisite fee when booking a ticket. If the passenger has forgotten to book the infant they may call the SpiceJet Reservations with the reservation number and the staff shall assist the passenger with the request.
  6. Each infant must be accompanied by one adult passenger. Each adult may carry only single infant due to safety norms of the airline.
  7. Infants will not be charged any basic fare.
  8. Infants will not be allotted/occupy a seat and are not entitled to a separate baggage allowance.

Air India

An expectant mother in good health may be accepted for transportation up to and including the 32nd week of pregnancy.

At the time of making the bookings, if the pregnancy is advanced beyond 32 weeks and with the anticipation of normal delivery, the expectant mother be accepted for travel up to and including the 35th week of pregnancy, i.e., up to, at least 5 weeks prior to the expected date of confinement. A medical certificate from the attending obstetrician must be obtained stating that she is fit to travel.

If more than one month elapses between the date the booking is effected and the departure, a further certificate should be obtained, dated not more than 3 days, prior to departure.

Cases of multiple and complicated pregnancy should not be accepted after the 32nd week in the case of :

  • Multiple pregnancy which refers to twins, triplets etc.
  • Complicated pregnancy which refers to cases where on previous occasions a mother has experienced difficult and complicated delivery

In case of the pregnancy beyond 35 weeks, passenger may be accepted for transportation only on urgent or compassionate grounds, with the authority of the Executive Director - Medical Services, after filling the MEDIF form.

Infant Travel

The infant should be 14 days old before air travel

Exceptionally, for life saving treatment for the new born, the mother and child can be accepted for travel, before 14 days, with a medical certificate of the Obstetrician and a Pediatrician. These passengers have to be accompanied by a doctor. In such cases also, an Indemnity has to be obtained from the passenger, as in the case of MEDA passengers.

Go Air

  • Expectant mothers may be permitted to fly till the end of 27th week of pregnancy without any medical certificate. 

  • From 28th week to 36 weeks they are required to carry a 'Fit to Fly / Fit for Air Travel' medical certificate valid for travel date, and issued 24 (twenty four) hours prior to the date of travel from her treating and/or consulting Obstetrician & Gynecologist along with name, signature and medical council registration number (and preferably on a letter head). The medical certificate should be acceptable to the Duty Manager/Airport Manager and in case of doubt/clarification; the company doctor may be contacted for necessary advice. A copy of medical certificate to be retained by GoAir. 

  • Expectant mothers who are beyond 37 weeks onwards are not permitted to fly. 

  • Post-delivery mother and infant are permitted to fly after 7 days provided it was a normal delivery. In case of C-section and /or complicated delivery they can fly after 2 weeks.

Vistara Airlines

Uncomplicated Single Pregnancy - Travel allowed upto 36th week

  • Between 29th-36th week: 'Fit to fly' certificate from a qualified Gynecologist/obstetrician’s confirming week of pregnancy, expected date of delivery and absence of complications.
  • Travel is not allowed beyond 36th week.

Uncomplicated Multiple (e.g. Twins, Triplets etc.) Pregnancy - Travel allowed upto 32nd week

  • Between 29th-32nd week: 'Fit to fly' certificate from a qualified Gynecologist/obstetrician’s confirming week of pregnancy, expected date of delivery and absence of complications.
  • Travel is not allowed beyond 32nd week.

Complicated Pregnancy (Single/Multiple) - Travel allowed upto 32nd week

  • MEDA clearance from Vistara’s Medical Department is mandatory 
  • Need to be accompanied by at least one qualified doctor (minimum MBBS qualified doctor) – medical escort is compulsory requirement.
  • Travel is not allowed beyond 32nd week.

Newborn Post Delivery (uncomplicated and non surgical delivery)

for first 48 hours post delivery

  • MEDA clearance from Vistara’s Medical Department mandatory (refer also to information section on MEDA Clearance). MEDIF form to be filled by pediatrician/child specialist
  • Need to be accompanied by at least one qualified doctor (minimum MBBS qualified doctor) – medical escort is compulsory requirement.

48 hours to 7 days

  • 'Fit to fly' certificate from your treating gynecologist practitioner.

7th day onwards after delivery

  • Unrestricted in the absence of complications

Newborn Post Delivery (Complicated / Surgical C-Section) - No travel permitted within first 7 days.

  • Post 7th Day - Unrestricted in the absence of complications, along with a fit to fly certificate by your treating obstetrician/gynecologist.

 


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