Parents are now required to pay a $30 charge for bringing infants on board Jetstar’s domestic flights as part of the airline’s new fare structure.

Commencing on new bookings made this week, the new charge replaces the previously free offering for children under two travelling around Australia and to New Zealand on their parent’s lap, The Australian reported.

An airline spokesperson told the publication that the $30 fee brings the airline in line with other low-cost carriers in Australia and gives parents the room to bring four oversized items on their holiday, including a pram.

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“We know that fees and charges can be unpopular, but giving customers choice and charging each customer for what they ­actually need helps us to offer the lowest possible fares, every day.”

Jetstar Spokesperson told The Australian

Meanwhile, Jetstar has also increased its international fee for infants by $10 to $50. Despite the higher charge, it’s still considerably lower than the airline’s biggest rival, Tigerair, which has a $75 fee for babies on international flights.

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