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Brits head abroad for summer breaks

29 July 2013 09:08

Two million Brits are heading abroad this weekend

Two million Brits are heading abroad this weekend

Two million Brits are heading abroad as the first weekend of the school holidays gets underway.

Gatwick Airport is expecting Friday to be its busiest day, with 72,000 people flying out.

Retailers have reported customers flocking to buy all their holiday essentials and preparing themselves for unforeseen events by picking up deals on worldwide travel insurance.

Figures show the top destination among Brits is still Spain, with Majorca and Tenerife remaining ever-popular. Tunisia, Greece and Turkey have also proved favourites this year, while popular longer-haul destinations include Cuba, Mexico and Florida.

Many holidaymakers have also booked breaks in the UK as the good weather continues. Seaside resorts such as Brighton, Bournemouth and Blackpool have seen a boost in tourism as have the Lake District and Channel Islands, according to travel group Abta.

A busy weekend is expected by airports around the country, with around 480,000 tourists flying from Heathrow and 276,000 leaving Gatwick. Stansted will also see 125,000 people depart, and Luton 70,000.

Scotland will fly out at least 100,000 passengers, around half of these from Glasgow alone.

Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Bristol and Leeds Bradford are also braced for high numbers of travellers, as were various ports and the Channel Tunnel.

Eurostar said passenger numbers are higher than last year, with 70,000 expected to take a trip to southern France and Paris this weekend.

Gatwick said about six million passengers will be travelling through the West Sussex airport between July 19 and September 2.

Malaga tops the list of destinations of people travelling from Gatwick, but Belfast and Dublin have also made it into the top 10 this year.

Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer said: "The recent amazing weather at home has also given a great boost to domestic tourism and many Abta members are reporting a surge in last-minute bookings for holidays throughout the UK."