Jetstar will now charge to carry a baby on your lap

Your family holiday could be about to get even more expensive.

Jetstar has announced it will now charge parents to carry a baby on their laps on domestic flights.

A charge of $30 will apply to children under the age of two travelling within Australia who don't require their own seat.

The low-cost carrier is also increasing the fee for infants flying internationally from $40 to $50, including on Australia to New Zealand routes which used to be free.

A spokesperson for the Qantas-owned airline said the move brings it in line with rival companies, including Virgin Australia.

"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," the spokesperson said.

"Families travelling with infants on Jetstar can bring up to four oversized items for their holiday as part of the infant fee including a pram, stroller, portable cot and highchair.

"These items are often oversized so cannot be handled like standard baggage. Like other oversized items, there is additional manual handling and equipment required for oversized infant items like prams."

The charge came into effect yesterday but won't apply to existing bookings.

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