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In a groundbreaking move, Corendon Airlines, a Turkish-based carrier, has announced the introduction of child-free zones on its flights. This initiative is designed to cater to passengers who crave a quieter, more peaceful flying experience.
The airline is the first in Europe to implement this concept, taking inspiration from international carriers like AirAsia.
The airline's new "Only Adult" zones will be available on flights between Amsterdam and the Caribbean island of Curaçao, starting this November. The designated area will be situated at the front of the aircraft and will feature 93 seats exclusively for passengers aged 16 and above.
Physical barriers like walls and curtains will separate this zone from the rest of the plane, ensuring a serene atmosphere.
To secure a seat in this exclusive area, passengers will have to pay an additional fee of €45 one way. For those seeking even more comfort, nine seats with extra legroom are available at an additional cost of €100 per flight.
Corendon's founder, Atilay Uslu, explained that the child-free zone is not just about providing a peaceful environment for adult passengers. It's also about easing the concerns of parents traveling with children.
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According to Uslu, parents can now relax, knowing that their children's noise will not disturb passengers in the adult-only zone.
This isn't Corendon's first foray into adult-only spaces. The airline already operates adult-only hotels in various destinations, including Curaçao, Bodrum, and Ibiza.
While Corendon is the pioneer in Europe, other international airlines have already ventured into this territory. AirAsia X, for example, has a "Quiet Zone" on its A330 long-haul flights, reserved for passengers aged 12 and above.
Similarly, Scoot, a low-cost carrier based in Singapore, offers "ScootinSilence" cabins on its 787 flights, accessible only to travelers over the age of 12.
The concept of child-free zones is gaining traction among the public as well. A recent survey conducted on behalf of Newsweek by Redfield and Wilton Strategies revealed that nearly 60% of 1,500 American adults surveyed supported the idea of adult-only zones on public transport, including planes and trains.
In summary, Corendon Airlines is setting a new standard in air travel by offering child-free zones. This move is likely to be welcomed by many, as it addresses the needs of both adults seeking peace and parents wanting to travel without the added stress of disturbing others.
Corendon Airlines, headquartered in Antalya, Turkey, is a versatile airline that offers both scheduled and charter flights. Established in 2004, the airline took to the skies for the first time in April 2005. It is a key component of the Corendon Airlines Group, which also includes Corendon Dutch Airlines, founded in the Netherlands in 2011, and Corendon Airlines Europe, established in Malta in 2017.
Scoot Airlines is a Singapore-based low-cost carrier that began its operations in 2012. Owned by Singapore Airlines, Scoot specializes in offering budget-friendly medium and long-haul flights to various destinations, including Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand.
In comparison to its parent company, Singapore Airlines, Scoot provides airfares that are up to 40% cheaper. However, it's important to note that while the tickets may be more affordable, additional services come at an extra cost. One unique feature of Scoot Airlines is its ability to offer combination tickets with other airlines under the Singapore Airlines umbrella, providing passengers with more flexibility and options for their travel plans.