Northwest Raises Fee for Children Flying Solo

Associated Press

Northwest Airlines has doubled the fee it charges to supervise children flying alone on connecting flights. The carrier increased the fee June 1 to $120 from $60 for a round trip with connections. The fee is in addition to the ticket price and is mandatory for children 5 to 11. Airline personnel escort the children to connecting gates and supervise them on layovers. The service is optional for youths 12 to 17. Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines matched the increase June 2, but all other carriers remain at $60, according to Best Fares travel magazine. St. Paul, Minn.-based Northwest said the fee was raised because of the steady increase in the number of children flying without parents. The $60 fee Northwest charges unaccompanied children for round trips on nonstop flights was not raised.

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