Tour operator Thomson has begun worldwide adult-only trips after a survey revealed that unruly youngsters are ruining holidays for many tourists.
Thomson Couples will feature holidays to destinations such as the Dominican Republic and Mexico as well as other short-haul locations.
A poll by the travel firm revealed that 79% of adults have had breaks affected by other people’s children, while 35% agreed with the statement: “Hell is other people’s children on holiday”.
Around 40% of parents also said that the presence of their own children can affect their enjoyment of a holiday, with 4% saying they could ruin a trip completely.
Although half of the parents questioned said they felt guilty if they took a break without their children, 57% said a child-free break would benefit their relationships.
Thomson Holidays product development head Luke Gaskins said: “Family holidays are incredibly important to us but many parents also tell us how much they cherish a few days to themselves once in a while.”
The offer from Thompson’s comes as a new report shows crowding could increasingly become an issue following predictions that Europe’s busiest airports could carry 28 million more passengers every year without further expansion or extra runways.
The study, ordered by the European Commission (EC), says that more efficient use of take-off and landing slots could absorb some of the current congestion.
Demand already exceeds capacity most or all of the day at six European airports – Heathrow, Gatwick, Paris Orly, Milan Linate, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt.
While some major European airports are planning to expand and may be able to cope with the increase, others, including Heathrow, do not plan expansion and face worsening “capacity constraints”, the report warns.
There are currently 26,000 flights using Europe’s airspace every day, with estimated growth of 5% a year.
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