Lonely Planet Writer

BA and select airports offer free kids' flights as holiday treat

British Airways and some of the UK’s biggest airports have joined forces to help families celebrate the summer with free kids’ flights on domestic holidays.

BA and a number of leading airports have joined up to offer holiday specials which includes free flights for kids up to 12 years old
BA and a number of leading airports have joined up to offer holiday specials which includes free flights for kids up to 12 years old

The airline has set up a partnership with such airports as London‘s Heathrow, Belfast City, Leeds Bradford, Inverness and Newcastle International which gives free domestic flights to children under 12 who are accompanied by an adult. This cost-cutting flying venture is supported by Visit Britain, and the decision by Novotel and Heathrow Express to offer family discounts will cut holiday costs even further.

The Titanic was built in Belfast and is one of the places families can go under the new flight deals
The Titanic was built in Belfast and is one of the places families can go under the new flight deals on offer Image by Leslie Shaw / CC BY 2.0

The offer from the beginning of this month should act as a major tourism boost as families take advantage of the cheaper rates to fly between the various parts of the UK.

Inverness airport is only a short distance away from Loch Ness and its monster may
Inverness airport is only a short distance away from Loch Ness and its monster  Image by Dave Conner / CC BY 2.0

British Airways’ head of marketing, retail and direct, Sara Dunham said flying kids for free will make it cheaper for families as they visit other areas. She stressed that her company is delighted to get involved with other great travel brands in giving families discounted deals.

The Tower of London is one of the many attractions for families who want to explore the British capital
The Tower of London is one of the many attractions for families who want to explore the British capital Image by Francesco Gasparetti / CC BY 2.0

The partnership with airports means the free kids flights – once they are accompanied by an adult – will run to 1 November this year. Children also stay free at Novotel hotels when reservation is booked with an adult. There are a huge range of interesting things to see and do at the various destinations. For instance, Belfast has attractions like the Titanic exhibition and the Giant’s Causeway. If holidaymakers land in Yorkshire, they have such diverse activities as the Leeds Owl Trail to the Royal Armouries Museum to visit. London has, among other attractions, the Natural History Museum or the Tower of London. If you touch down in Inverness, the Loch Ness monster trail is not far away. In the North East, there is Alnwick Castle and Seven Stories, the national centre of children’s books. Flight prices vary from £75 to £97.