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Child-free zone offered on European airline flight from Amsterdam to Curacao

A flight without children? Bookings can now be made  (Pixabay royalty free / aditomo68 )
A flight without children? Bookings can now be made (Pixabay royalty free / aditomo68 )

A nine-hour flight can be gruelling enough without a child throwing a tantrum, which is why a Dutch airline has introduced an adults-only area to a new route.

Corendon Airlines will begin flying between Curacao and Amsterdam from November with a zone exclusively for those aged 16 and older - with the option of upgrading for more legroom.

The ‘only adult zone’ will cost €45 (£39) for a one-way trip or €100 (£86) for additional legroom. The section will be cordoned off by a curtain.

The plane will contain 93 of the €45 (£39) options and a further nine XL seats which come with an additional 96cm of space.

Corendon has said it is responding to the needs of its customers (AP)
Corendon has said it is responding to the needs of its customers (AP)

Atilay Uslu, the founder of Corendon, said in a statement on the airline’s website: "On board our flights, we always strive to respond to the different needs of our customers.

“We also believe this can have a positive effect on parents travelling with small children. They can enjoy the flight without worrying if their children make more noise.”

Corendon will begin flying to the southern Caribbean island, which is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, from November 3 with a newly-acquired Airbus A350.

“Rows one to 12 are located in the front part of the aircraft; this is the only adult zone,” the airline’s website says of the VIP, otherwise known as over-16, area.

“You are closer to the entrance and exit and you do not have to walk with your bag or trolley through the whole plane. The only adult section is separated, so happy children and you stay happy.”

The 9-hour and 25-minute flight is schedules three times a week in both directions and costs around £300 each way without the adult area option being added.

The Airbus A350 has capacity for around 400 passengers.

Curacao was previously part of the Netherlands Antilles until the country was dissolved in 2010 and has three official languages: Papiamento, Dutch and English.