As the father of two young children, I quite like the idea of one Dutch carrier to create an adults-only zone onboard in which children under 16 will not be permitted. It is good business opportunity and presents a practical solution to the bellyachers who complain bitterly about children on airplanes.
Adults-Only Zone On Airplane: A Concept Worth Exploring
As noted by One Mile At A Time, Dutch carrier Corendon Airlines will add a child-free zone on its Airbus A350-900 on flights between Amsterdam (AMS) and Curaçao (CUR) starting in November 2023. There are 432 seats onboard, all of them economy class.
The first 11 rows of the aircraft will be designated as the adults-only zone (between doors 1 and 2 with a galley behind) which total 102 seats, about 25% of the seats onboard. These seats will come at a premium:
- €45 one-way to sit in the adults-only zone in a standard seat (93 seats)
- €100 one-way to sit in the adults-only zone with extra legroom (nine seats)
Corendon Airlines says this is to appeal to “business travelers” and those “who want to work in a quiet environment.” Atilay Uslu, the founder of Corendon Airlines, explains:
“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. We also believe this can have a positive effect on parents traveling with small children. They can enjoy the flight without worrying if their children make more noise.”
A Win-Win Situation For All Travelers
My son Augustine has had one bad flight (Zurich to San Francisco) and I am thankful that everyone was understanding onboard. But it was a miserable flight for me and if I could redo it, it would have taken much of the pressure off to fly in a cabin specially designated for children.
Not only does this initiative represent a great ancillary revenue opportunity for the airline, but it forces people to “put up or shut up” in the sense that the bitter louts who complain about babies will now have a path of escape…if they pay up. Will they or will they remain behind to save €45 and still bitterly complain?
Put another way, this initiative will hopefully stop complainers in their tracks, because they now have another option. And we’ll see how well-behaved the front cabin turns out to be, since in my experience it is (drunk) adults who are the worst offenders onboard in terms of behavior.
Those who don’t want to sit next to kids can choose Corendon Airlines and pay a bit more to guarantee a “tranquil oasis” in the forward-most cabin. This is a win for all travelers and an initiative that I think we could see spread to more carriers in the months and years ahead.
And for those who think that there already should be an adults-only zone on aircraft called business class (or first class) I would encourage you to charter your own jet…