You may encounter some problems with air travel when you have a lung disease. However most people with lung conditions are now able to safely enjoy the benefits of air travel if they plan what they will need in advance. We have produced a database to help you to plan your air travel.
In this database, airlines are listed from A to Z. You will find the contact details and individual oxygen policies for passengers for each airline.
Please note that this airline index was last updated in August 2019.
La Compagnie allows passengers to carry a portable oxygen concentrator on-board. The concentrator must be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The passenger should carry sufficient back-up battery supply to cover a minimum of 150% of the planned flight.
If the device is battery powered, La Compagnie only accepts dry-cell batteries. Batteries must be properly labeled and clearly marked "Non-Spillable".
When you fly with LATAM, you can transport a Portable Oxygen Concentrator (POC) at no cost, provided you comply with the transport conditions.
Conditions for the use of a POC:
This service is available only for LATAM flights.
On codeshare flights between LATAM and other airlines, you must check the acceptance conditions directly with the companies involved in the trip.
You must have a medical certificate (MEDIF) that explains the conditions of its use and your state of health. This document is subject to evaluation by a LATAM doctor and must be sent at least 48 hours before flight departure.
You must be able to hear the alarms that the POC may emit, be able to see the indicators and react accordingly. Otherwise, you must travel with a companion who is capable of doing so.
If the size of the POC complies with the measurements and characteristics of a personal item you may carry it with you throughout the entire flight or under the seat in front of you, unless you are in the first row or an emergency exit row. On the other hand, if its measurements qualify it as carry-on-baggage you must keep it in the overhead compartment during taxiing, take-off and landing.
The POC may remain connected throughout the trip as long as it is located under the seat in front of you. If it needs to be kept in the overhead compartment, it must be disconnected and not in use during taxiing, take-off and landing.
The POC may remain connected throughout the trip as long as it is located under the seat in front of you. If it needs to be kept in the overhead compartment, it must be disconnected and not in use during taxiing, take-off and landing. In this case, you can’t bring pets in the cabin.
The POC's batteries must have a capacity equivalent to 150% of the flight time, including layovers and connections. The batteries must also be in good condition and come individually packaged in order to prevent them from coming into contact with each other.
A list of FAA approved POC's can be found here.
Lauda is a subsidary of Ryanair and is subject to their oxygen policies as detailed below.
They are able to provide oxygen if booked using the online chat service.
There are a number of requirements for this service:
They recommend contacting them on the same day as the flight booking is made or at the latest 3 days prior to travel, as we are permitted to provide only one inflight therapeutic oxygen request per flight.
Following this notification, a RYANAIR THERAPEUTIC OXYGEN - MEDICAL CLEARANCE FORM will be sent to the customer for completion and return.
A RYANAIR THERAPEUTIC OXYGEN - MEDICAL CLEARANCE FORM must be completed and returned to Ryanair between 14 and 2 days prior to travel, in order for it to be validated by them and returned before travel.
You must carry the validated Therapeutic Oxygen Medical Clearance form on all flights and cannot be accepted for travel without it.
You must also carry a “FIT TO FLY FORM”.
For safety reasons Ryanair does not permit customers to take their own therapeutic oxygen onboard the aircraft.
A fee of £55/ EUR 55 is charged for oxygen. The fee is payable at the time the Therapeutic Oxygen Medical Clearance Form is returned for validation.
Restrictions on this service
Ryanair are permitted to provide one inflight therapeutic oxygen request per flight. So they recommend contacting them on the same day as the flight booking is made.
Ryanair supplies therapeutic oxygen at a continuous flow rate of 2 litres per minute - max duration of 250 minutes.
Ryanair cannot accept passengers for travel requiring a continuous supply of oxygen of more than 250 minutes.
Ryanair accepts portable oxygen concentrators (POC) on board their aircraft. POC's approved for travel are:
Passengers must contact the Special Assistance Line to obtain prior approval and a Medical Equipment Approval & Baggage Waiver to be shown at bag drop or the boarding gate. If using a POC on the flight you must complete a "Fit to Fly" form and return it to Ryanair between 14 and 2 days before travel. You must carry this validated form on all flights and show it to cabin crew. POC or batteries cannot be charged on board so you must ensure that you have a sufficient number of fully charged batteries for the duration of the flight and any possible delays
Level do not provide oxygen during flights except in the case of an emergency, Level also do not allow passengers to bring their own oxygen devices on board for use during the flight.
We don’t have an up-to-date policy for this airline. Please use the contact details on the right to speak to the airline directly.
Lufthansa does not allow passengers to bring their own oxygen bottle into the aircraft cabin. Small oxygen cyllinders weighing no more than 5kg may be stored in the hold but passengers need to contact the Lufthansa Medical Operation Centre prior to flying to gain approval.
For approval of fitness to fly and to order oxygen, contact the Lufthansa medical operation centre. no later than 48 hours before departure. Lufthansa uses the "Wenoll" oxygen system. They are only able to provide a limited extra oxygen supply on board. The costs of this service are nonrefundable and need to be paid in advance. The fees payable are:
German Domestic flights EUR 150,00 (per leg)
Continenal flights EUR 150,00 (per leg)
Intercontinental flights EUR 300,00 ( per leg)
Lufthansa recommends that passengers contact their health insurance or private health care provider about the possibility of having these costs refunded.You must also have your fitness to fly assessed prior to flying.
FAA-approved POCs are allowed on all Lufthansa aircrafts but must be battery powered. You need to contact Lufthansa Medical Operation Centre in order to gain approval for your POC.
Luxair provides oxygen on board its aircraft for a fee of 75 EUR per flight. This should be arranged at the time of booking and at least 72 hours before the flight. Luxair use the Aero-med Oxygen unit which complies with the requirements of FAR 121.574 and has an adjustable flow rate of 2-8 litres per minute. Passengers must have a doctor's certificate that allows them to fly and the certificate should indicate the required flow rate.
Passengers are also allowed to use portable oxygen concnentrators (POC) on board. These can be used throughout the flight and must be requested at least 72 hours before departure. Devices must be battery powered and passengers should bring additional batteries if needed as charging is not possible on the flight. Lithium metal batteries must not exceed 2g lithium/battery and the watt-hour rating must not exceed 100 Wh for lithium ion batteries. Any devices placed in the hold must be switched off completely and protected from damage. The overall size of the POC must not exceed 45 x 23 x 25 cm or 45 x 42 x 20 cm. Passengers must have a doctor's certificate that allows them to fly and the certificate should indicate the required flow rate.
Luxaviation can provide oxygen on board for an additional fee which varies. They ask that you let them know of your needs at the time of booking and at least 24 hours in advance.
They also allow you to provide your own oxygen, but ask you to provide a UN number as it is considered a dangerous good. They ask that you let them know of your needs at the time of booking and at least 24 hours in advance.
For more information please contact the airline directly.
Nordica allows oxygen cylinders for medical applications to be carried in either hand luggage or checked baggage. The cylinder must not exceed 5 kg of gross weight. Liquid oxygen systems are prohibited in air transport. Nordica asks you book your ticket in advance and let them know what assistance you require.
For further information please contact the airline directly using the contact information to the right.
Norwegian Air only provide oxygen in the event of an emergency. However, you can bring your own on board at no extra charge but you must inform the airline Contact Centre at least 48 hours before flying. You may also require a medical certificate confirming you are fit to fly (this should be in English on international flights). You should make check-in staff and cabin crew aware that you are travelling with oxygen. Each cylinder must weigh 5kg or less and cylinders, valves and regulators must be protected from damage.
Onur Air does not provide oxygen onboard its flights. Empty oxygen cyllinders may be stored in the cargo hold. Onur Air allows passengers to use their own oxygen on the aircraft providing you have notified them in writing more than 72 hours before the flight. Additionally, you should be familiar with the use of the oxygen cylinder and carry a valid physician's report. You must also have written confirmation that the cylinder is appropriate for use in the cabin either on the equipment or a user manual in accordance with regulations specified under DGR, IATA and FAA and that it is resistable to the flight altitude.
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