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More parents in the UK may be eyeing holidays during school terms after High Court ruling

More parents in the UK may be considering a holiday during the school term after a court ruled in favour of a father who refused to pay the fine for taking his daughter on vacation when school was in session, according to travel search company Cheapflights.co.uk.

More parents may be considering holidays during term times.
More parents may be considering holidays during term times. Image by Roger Wright/ Getty Images

The High Court recently ruled in favour of John Platt, a father who refused to pay a £120 fine for taking his daughter on holidays. In the UK, councils can impose fines on parents who take their children on holidays outside of school vacations – but the court found that the law only requires that students attend school regularly (90% of school days), reports the Independent.

Following that decision, Cheapflights.co.uk analysed flight searches to destinations like Lanzarote, Malaga, Gran Canaria and Florida, and found there was an increase in demand for travel during school terms by as much as 50% since the announcement. Searches to those same destinations during the school holidays also dipped over the weekend.

Searches for flights to Lanzarote were up 50% during the spring term and 32% during the autumn term-time, while they were down 15% during actual school vacation times, according to the website. Searches for Malaga went up 21% for the spring term and 50% during autumn, but were down 18% during school sanctioned holidays. Searches for Orlando went up 47% and Gran Canaria went up 24% for spring travel.

But, the court ruling doesn’t mean parents can start pulling their kids out of school to head to the beach. The Coventry Telegraph reports that legal experts say the ruling is not a guarantee that other parents will not have to pay a fine for taking a term-time holiday.