Aurigny ends Unaccompanied Minor scheme

8th August 2018
Photo by Sam Bellis

Aurigny’s Embraer E-195

Aurigny is putting an end to their unaccompanied minor scheme from November.

The airline say the move is down to the gradual changes and improvements made to child protection regulations over the years since the scheme was introduced.

Instead an adult will have to travel with the young person to their destination, with the return journey free of charge.

An Aurigny spokesman said there were two key factors in making the decision.

‘Since the introduction of our Unaccompanied Minors Scheme, several decades ago, there have – rightly – been major advances in child protection requirements and legislation and it is our duty, as a responsible operator, to keep up-to-date with these,’ the spokesman said.

‘There have been significant issues when flights with Unaccompanied Minors have been disrupted, particularly if this involves an unscheduled overnight stop.

‘In these cases, the airline has no choice but to seek assistance from Social Services to provide childcare support.’

We understand there will be a notable exception to the unaccompanied minor rule in that those travelling between Guernsey and Alderney will still be able to travel unaccompanied.

This is due to family networks being in place to assist should a flight be cancelled unexpectedly.

 

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