British Airways has confirmed that its Skyflyer Solo service for unaccompanied children is closing.
Children under 12 will have to be accompanied by a person aged 16 or over in the future.
Those between the ages of 12 to 18 can fly independently with the airline “and will be offered the same level of care as all our customers,” BA said.
“If you have already booked and paid for the Skyflyer Solo service, you will be unaffected by the change,” the airline said.
“If you wish to make changes to your travel dates, the journey must be completed by 31 January, 2017. After that time we will not be able to offer this service.”
All existing bookings will be honoured and full refunds given to those wishing to cancel their bookings, the airline said.
The airline has stopped taking bookings for the service.
A BA spokeswoman told The Independent: “Despite the overall growth in our customer numbers over the last decade, demand for our unaccompanied minor service has declined by two thirds, falling by 21% in the last year.”
The airline charged $125 (£90) for the Skyflyer Solo service on a European or domestic flight, and $150 (£108) for a long-haul trip, on top of the fare.
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