Can I fly if I have asthma?

Before you book your trip, get advice from your GP or asthma nurse about whether you should fly.

If you’re generally fit and healthy, and your asthma symptoms are well controlled, you should have no problem travelling by plane.

However, if your asthma is severe, the reduced air pressure in the plane may cause you breathing problems. As a guide, if you cannot walk at a steady pace for 50m (164ft) without feeling breathless or needing to stop, you may be advised not to fly.

Some airlines may be able to provide in-flight oxygen, to allow people with low blood oxygen levels to travel by air. However, you will need to arrange this when booking your ticket, or at least 48 hours before the flight. There is likely to be an added charge to carry the extra oxygen.

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Page last reviewed: 29/11/2015

Next review due: 28/11/2017