Families pay up to eight times more for flights during half-term holiday

The Mail is reporting that families are being hit with air fare price hikes for half-term flights with tickets up to eight times more expensive than at other times.

The penalty for parents who play by the rules and only take holidays during the official half-term in February – particularly those going on a skiing break – could add up to hundreds of pounds.

Successive governments have taken an increasingly tough line on parents who take their children out of school during term time, which can lead to a fixed penalty fine of £60, rising to £2,500 if the case goes to court.

This means families are at the mercy of airlines, travel companies and British holiday parks which routinely hike prices as soon as the schools break up.

This year, Saturday, February 13, marks a double whammy for flight sales because this coincides with the start of half-term and Valentine’s Day, fuelling demand and some startling price rises.

A study of the cost of return flights to 75 holiday destinations from 12 UK regions discovered that the average flight price increases by nearly 200 per cent compared with those departing two weeks later.

The biggest hike was found at Manchester Airport where a flight to Verona, Italy, is some 762 per cent more expensive departing on February 13 compared to February 27 – taking the price up from £55 per person to £474…


More at The great school holiday rip-off: Families pay up to EIGHT TIMES more than normal for flights during half-term holiday


It hardly encourages parents to play by the rules, does it?

That said, there is a fundamental supply and demand issue unless some way is found of spreading the holiday load for parents. 

How about regionally staggered holidays like they have in Germany?

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  1. climbdg5

    SchoolsImprove All those involved in schools, directly and indirectly. Those employed in education have little/no options.

  2. clivetaylor915

    Yes but why is anyone surprised? Supply and demand. The market rules. That’s our world for good or ill.

  3. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove If legislation can’t stop travel companies charging so much perhaps people should stop paying and do something different

  4. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove This strikes me as a supply/demand issue; if the demand wasn’t there the suppliers would have to reduce prices…

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