Brits head abroad in their millions
19 December 2014 09:30
Millions of Britons will be jetting off on holidays this Christmas
Four million Britons will jet off in search of sunnier climes over the festive period - slightly more than last year.
That's according to estimates by travel association Abta, covering the two weeks between December 19 and January 3.
The Canary Islands, Tunisia and Morocco are among the most popular sun-kissed destinations this Christmas, while long-haul destinations like Dubai, Mexico, Cuba and Egypt are up there at the top as well.
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Airports across the UK are bracing themselves for the holiday surge. Heathrow will handle nearly 700,000 departures between December 19 and Christmas Day, making it by far the busiest airport nationwide.
Elsewhere, between December 19 and January 3...
• Gatwick will handle 800,000 departures
• Stansted will handle 430,000 departures
• Manchester will handle 380,000 departures
• Birmingham will handle 160,000 departures
Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin and Dublin are the most popular cities when it comes to New Year's Eve breaks.
Planes, trains and automobiles
In terms of carriers, British Airways will be carrying around 2.7 million passengers between December 12 and January 5 - that includes 267 flights on Christmas Day when 37,000 turkey dinners will be served.
Low-cost airline Ryanair, meanwhile, is carrying more than 3.5 million customers between December 20 and January 6, which represents an increase of half a million passengers over the 2013/14 holiday period.
As many as 250,000 people will be heading off on the high-speed trains of Eurostar through the Channel Tunnel, while thousands more will be hopping on a ferry across the English Channel to mainland Europe.