A FATHER who has devoted his spare time to campaigning for a reduction in school holiday prices is lobbying airlines to lower fares for under-16s.
Paul Cookson, a sales director for an IT firm, has launched a Fairer Fares campaign to get lower prices for children flying in school holidays by increasing the age for adult fares from 12 to 16.
The move follows the abolition of Air Passenger Duty (APD) on economy flights for under-12s on May 1 and ahead of its eradication for under-16s next year.
Mr Cookson, who has an eight-year-old daughter, said: ‘If the government agrees children are not adults until 16, then it’s only fair airlines do, too. If one airline acts, others will follow.’
Airlines re-acted by saying that they were ‘not against’ looking at ways to tackle the matter.
Monarch said it would welcome a meeting with Mr Cookson, while Virgin Atlantic’s government affairs team is setting up a meeting to find out more about his campaign. Monarch, which charges everyone over the age of two the same fare, last year offered free child flights during July and August.