Kids Take Off ‘Four’ The First Time
Research conducted by British Airways has found that the average child takes their first flight at the age of four – three times earlier than their parents did when they were little.
The airline found that, on average, parents did not go on their first flight until they were 12-and-a-half but jetted off with their own children on international trips before they had even started school.
One in 10 babies take to the skies before they have even turned a year old – and a tenth of under-17s are even signed up to airline loyalty programmes. This is in stark contrast to their parents, a fifth of whom didn’t get on a plane until they were 18.
Claire Bentley, Managing Director for British Airways Holidays, which commissioned the research, said:
“Air travel has become much more accessible to people over the last few decades.
“We now live in a connected world, where new destinations are opening up all the time and as a result, children are not seen as restrictive to travel, but essential travel companions, with rich experiences and new cultures to discover. Many family holidays are now taking place abroad allowing children to experience a flight at a very young age.”
The study also revealed, that by the age of 10, the average child will have flown to four separate countries across the globe, with a quarter of British youngsters under 17 having flown to the USA, three quarters having left the UK to visit Europe and one in 10 having even visited Africa.
In comparison, just 18 per cent of their parents had been lucky enough to go to North America by the age of 10 while just 57 per cent had gone on a European trip. The study also found a quarter of parents (26 per cent) let their children pick the family holiday destination.
Kids Take Off ‘Four’ The First Time, 3rd July 2018, 15:52 PM