For more than 20 years, Peter Pan Holiday Club has been organising holiday trips for young people between the ages of 13 and 22 with special circumstances, such as illness or disability.
The club was founded in 1996 on the initiative of several employees of the Dutch airline Transavia who decided to join forces not only to organise an annual holiday trip to a destination in the Mediterranean Sea but also to offer themselves as volunteers. This year the chosen destination was Palma de Mallorca, and so on 29 September a Transavia Airlines plane landed at the airport with 13 children accompanied by 6 adults.
Making this trip a reality, as with all previous trips, is possible thanks to its sponsors, among others, Transavia – which provides one of its aircraft – and its tour operator partners – who cooperate by finding accommodation. Iberia Airport Services has also joined this cause and has collaborated on a non-profit basis by providing its handling services, both in terms of ramp assistance and passenger service.
As Lorenzo Gayá, senior manager of Aeropuertos Baleares explained, “this is the second time we have collaborated with Peter Pan and on this occasion, there have been 13 children who have not needed any special assistance, although they have been accompanied at all times; we are delighted to be able to contribute our grain of sand”.
Since the start of the Peter Pan Holiday Club, more than 1,000 young people have been able to enjoy an unforgettable holiday that includes visits to water and amusement parks, karaoke, shows, safaris and, of course, beach and sun. As Mattijs ten Brink, general manager of transavia.com, told us: “For everyone, it feels more like a holiday with good friends. For most people in aviation, flying and travelling are part of their hobbies, but it’s more fun to do it together with people for whom you can do something extra in a difficult moment”.