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1.6m join Easter holiday getaway

17 April 2014 14:19

Brits are preparing for a mass Easter exodus

Brits are preparing for a mass Easter exodus

As many as 1.6 million Britons are heading abroad this Easter as those who holiday at home face the prospect of a wet weekend.

Hordes of Brits are set to jet off to destinations far and wide, with UK travel organisation Abta saying Spain and its islands, Turkey, Tunisia and Florida are among the most popular locations.

Meanwhile Paris, Dublin, Amsterdam, Rome and New York are said to be the top city destinations this Easter, according to Abta. However before packing their case travellers should remember to arrange some worldwide travel insurance policies.

An analysis of southern airports over the Easter weekend suggests 370,000 passengers will fly from Heathrow airport, 200,000 from Gatwick, 120,000 from Stansted, 60,000 from Luton and 4,500 from Bournemouth.

In the Midlands and north of England it is expected 110,000 passengers will leave from Manchester Airport, 45,000 will jet off from Birmingham and another 23,000 will take to the skies from East Midlands.

There is also an expected exodus of more than 100,000 passengers from Scottish airports as large numbers look to take a well-earned break.

And it's not just airports readying themselves for a busy bank holiday weekend, as cross-Channel ferry and train services will also prove popular.

Thousands will travel to mainland Europe by ferry, while Channel Tunnel high-speed train operator Eurostar expects numbers to be 15% up on Easter last year with more than 130,000 passengers expected over the holiday weekend this time around.

One enticing feature of an Easter holiday abroad is of course the sunny weather on offer in many popular destinations, but unfortunately forecasters are warning that England is set for isolated showers on Good Friday and Easter Saturday.

The Met Office expects unsettled weather in the south of England continuing into Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, while the best of the sunshine will likely be seen in the Midlands and the north east of England.