Unaccompanied children

When it comes to children travelling alone, the rules vary from airline to airline, and there are no international guidelines for unaccompanied minors.

Children traveling domestic with accompanying service today, will after the closure of Terminal 1 experience a longer path to arrival than they are accustomed.

Make sure that you take the time to look into and understand the policy of your airline regarding unaccompanied minors. Please note that the airlines do not assess whether your child is capable of flying alone – that decision is made exclusively by the parents.

At Copenhagen Airport, there are two companies that operate an unaccompanied minor service: SGS and Aviator. The service must be booked when you purchase your air tickets through the airline the child is travelling with, but if you arrive at the airport having forgotten to book the service for the child’s trip, you should generally contact the airline’s desk for assistance.

The following conditions typically apply to the unaccompanied minor service, but may vary from airline to airline:

The company ensures that children travelling alone are supervised.
A ‘Handling Advice’ form must be completed for your child before the trip. The form can be obtained or downloaded from the airline concerned.

The names and mobile numbers must be given of the person dropping the child off at the airport and the person collecting the child at the other end.
An agent from the handling company looks after the child in the airport, so that he/she does not have to go to the gate alone.

The cabin crew on the plane is informed that there is an unaccompanied minor onboard. An eye is kept on the child to make sure he/she is OK.
The person dropping the child off at the airport must remain at the check-in desk until the plane has taken off.

Photo ID must be shown when collecting the child at the destination before the child is handed over.

Please note that a limited number of unaccompanied minors are allowed per flight, so we recommend that you apply for the unaccompanied minor service when booking the flight.

Read SAS rules for unaccompanied minors here.