AirAsia X to launch child-free zone


The long-haul arm of Malaysia-based budget carrier AirAsia said Wednesday it will ban young children from sitting in the first seven rows of its economy-class section to create a “quiet zone.”

According to the airline’s website, the first seven rows on AirAsia X flights will be restricted to passengers 12 and above from February. The cost of choosing a seat in the quiet zone will be the same as the 35 ringgit ($11.35) charged for picking specific seats or the 110 ringgit it costs to select a seat with extra legroom.

AirAsia, which has hubs in Malaysia, Thailand, Japan and Indonesia, is Asia’s largest budget carrier and launched its long-haul arm in 2007 to serve routes beyond its core market.