Stopping their Unaccompanied Minor service, British Airways are likely to upset thousands of families.
For generations British Airways have flown solo children around the world with ‘flying nannies’ The airline charged £90 for its Skyflyer Solo service on European or domestic flights, and £108 for long-haul (the charge is in addition to the standard child flight ticket), allowing children under the age of 12 to travel alone from country to country.
BA has a long history with offering the possibility to travel as an Unaccompanied Minor, dating back to more than 40 years. Although the airline has experienced overall growth in customer numbers, the demand for the Unaccompanied Minor service has declined by 66%. As a result, BA is discontinuing its Skyflyer Solo service and is no longer accepting any new bookings. Those already made and paid for will still go ahead. Anyone with a Skyflyer Solo booking who wishes to change their travel dates must ensure the new journey is completed before January 31, 2017 to retain use of the service.
British Airways’ competitor, Virgin Atlantic, will continue to provide an Unccompanied Minor service.