Are long haul flights safe?
Long-haul flights are extremely safe. Long-haul flights are often operated by big worldwide commercial airlines that undergo security and safety protocols to the highest standard. Pilots and cabin crew are expertly trained to carry out long-haul services and — if you're flying long-haul overnight — are put on shift patterns to ensure they're alert during the overnight hours. Also, it's required by law that long-haul flights are carried out by two different teams of cabin staff.
Long-haul flights are also normally operated by widebody aircraft, which are generally better at flying through turbulence than narrowbody planes.
What are long-haul flights like?
Long-haul flights are generally more comfortable than short-haul flights. Planes are larger and although they carry more passengers, you receive more legroom and space on a long-haul flight. Additionally, most long-haul flights will have some kind of in-flight entertainment, meal service and other amenities to keep you satisfied for the duration of the flight.
How many long-haul flights per day?
There are 1,000s of long-haul flights per day! Although, typically, an individual airline will only fly the same long-haul route once or twice a day, depending on the total length of the journey.
Can I fly long-haul if I'm pregnant?
Yes, passengers can fly long-haul if they're pregnant. Some airlines won't allow you to fly pregnant past the second trimester, regardless of whether it's a long-haul, short-haul or medium-haul flight. However, it does differ from airline to airline. Take a look at our flying while the pregnant page to see the rules for each airline on long-haul flights.
Are babies allowed on long-haul flights?
Yes, babies are allowed on long-haul flights or any flight as long as the airline allows for it. Most airlines will allow babies on long-haul flights from as young as 2 days old. However, this will change from airline to airline.
You also might want to consider whether you'd want to take a baby on a long-haul flight. If you feel confident about taking your baby on a long-haul flight, read our flying with children and babies page to see other rules, regulations and travel advice.