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BA and select airports offer free kids’ flights as holiday treat

Europe, Travel Trends12

Created by PJ Cunningham

July 26, 2016 at 8:00 am

British Airways and some of the UK s3 biggest airports have joined forces to help families celebrate the summer with free kids flights on domestic holidays.

BA And Select Airports Offer Free Kids’ Flights As <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Treat

BA and a number of leading airports have joined up to offer Discount Holidays © holiday specials which includes free flights for kids up to 12 years old

The airline has set up a partnership with such airports as London4 s Heathrow, Belfast5 City, Leeds Bradford, Inverness and Newcastle International which gives free domestic flights to children under 12 who are accompanied by an adult. This cost-cutting flying venture6 is supported by Visit Britain, and the decision by Novotel and Heathrow Express to offer family discounts will cut Discount Holidays © holiday costs even further.

BA And Select Airports Offer Free Kids’ Flights As <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Treat

The Titanic was built in Belfast and is one of the places families can go under the new flight deals on offer Image by Leslie Shaw / CC BY 2.078

The offer from the beginning of this month should act as a major tourism boost as families take advantage of the cheaper rates to fly between the various parts of the UK.

BA And Select Airports Offer Free Kids’ Flights As <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Treat

Inverness airport is only a short distance away from Loch Ness and its monster Image by Dave Conner / CC BY 2.0910

British Airways head of marketing, retail and direct, Sara Dunham said flying kids for free will make it cheaper for families as they visit other areas. She stressed that her company is delighted to get involved with other great travel brands in giving families discounted deals.

BA And Select Airports Offer Free Kids’ Flights As <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Treat

The Tower of London is one of the many attractions for families who want to explore the British capital Image by Francesco Gasparetti / CC BY 2.01112

The partnership with airports means the free kids flights once they are accompanied by an adult will run to 1 November this year. Children also stay free at Novotel hotels when reservation is booked with an adult. There are a huge range of interesting things to see and do at the various destinations. For instance, Belfast has attractions like the Titanic exhibition and the Giant s Causeway. If holidaymakers land in Yorkshire, they have such diverse activities as the Leeds Owl Trail to the Royal Armouries Museum to visit. London has, among other attractions, the Natural History Museum or the Tower of London. If you touch down in Inverness, the Loch Ness monster trail13 is not far away.

In the North East, there is Alnwick Castle and Seven Stories, the national centre of children s books.

Flight prices vary from 75 to 97.


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UCI appeals Russian Cycling Federation decision to clear Olympic medallist over alleged positive test

Russian rider Olga Zabelinskaya allegedly tested positive in Spring 2014 but was cleared by her home federation of wrongdoing

UCI Appeals Russian Cycling Federation Decision To Clear Olympic Medallist Over Alleged Positive Test

The UCI will appeal to the Court for Arbitration of Sport following the decision by the Russian Cycling Federation to acquit Olga Zabelinskaya of doping allegations. Zabelinskaya, who won bronze medals in both the road race and time trial at the London Olympics in 20121, allegedly tested positive in Spring 2014. Zabelinskaya s sample, which was provided when she was racing in Latin America, apparently contained traces of the fat burner Octopamine. Early last month the Russian federation2 (FSVR) announced they had found in her favour and would be taking no further action. In response to the acquittal, the UCI today released the following statement to Cycling Weekly: On 16 December, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) filed an appeal before CAS against the RFC S FSVR decision whereby Olga Zabelinskaya was cleared.

Since the proceedings are ongoing, we won t comment any further. Though the positive test was announced in July 2014, disagreements about jurisdiction caused a substantial delay. It was only in September 2015 that the Russian anti-doping authority (RUSADA) directed the FSVR to deal with the issue, the result of which was made public last month. The 35-year-old was in a rich vein of form at the time of the test, having claimed five victories in Costa Rica, El Salvador and China, including a stage in her final event. Her RusVelo team, which was largely built around her, ceased to exist at the end of the 2014 season.

The case follows allegations that Russian officials covered up positive tests3 by Russian track and field athletes. Following on from these allegations the Russian Athletics Federation has been suspended from all international competition. Speaking to the Russian news agency TASS last month, Alexander Gusyatnikov of the FSVR indicated he may have been expecting the action from the UCI.

This is a difficult issue, he said. It is difficult for me to predict whether the UCI and WADA agree with our decision. Let s wait for the beginning of January.

Zabelinskaya, who finished third in the London Olympic road race4 behind Dutch woman Marianne Vos and Britain s Lizzie Armitstead, took time out from the sport in the mid 2000s after having a baby. She returned to competition in 2009. As it stands Zabelinskaya does not appear on any of the UCI suspension lists and remains free to compete, though she has not raced at international level since May 2014.

No time frame for the appeal to CAS is known and, depending on the outcome, Zabelinskaya could be eligible to race at the Rio Olympics later this year.


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