Good Idea? Airline Offers Adults-Only Seating Areas Onboard

by Anthony Losanno
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I had never heard of Corendon Airlines, but it’s a Turkish leisure airline that is headquartered in Antalya and based at Antalya Airport (AYT). They’re trialing a new concept this fall with a section of an aircraft being designated the “Only Adult” zone. Children, especially those whose parents let them run amok, can be a nuisance to many passengers, so this concept is interesting. But, will this actually provide a more relaxing flight or is it just marketing hype?

Corendon Only Adult Zone

On November 3rd, Corendon will begin flying between Schiphol Amsterdam Airport (AMS) and Curaçao International Airport (CUR) using an Airbus A350-900. A section of the plane will be designated “Only Adult” and will not allow children to be seated there. The zone will consist of 102 of the 432 seats onboard the aircraft and costs between an additional €45 and  €100 each way depending on the seat selected (those with extra legroom, called XL seats carry the premium).

Corendon A350

The airline bills this section as ideal for business travelers who need quiet to work as well as those not traveling with children who want to relax.

Atilay Uslu, the founder of Corendon Airlines, said:

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.”

Corendon Only Adult

Will This Make A Difference?

This seems to me like it will have a nominal impact on the overall quiet of the flight. Just like smoking sections used to be designated for smokers (but the smoke wafted into the non-smoking seats), I see the noise coming forward. Sure, it might be quieter than if children were seated right next to or behind you, but if you’re towards the back of the adult zone you’ll surely hear a baby crying in the back.

Anthony’s Take: I have no issue with children on planes. I take issue with parents who do not do anything to make sure their children are entertained and maintain appropriate behavior in public. This is not on the kids, but their parents. This is an interesting concept and will be interesting to see how it works.

(H/T: Off the Beaten Points.)

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