Brits set for bank holiday getaway
23 August 2013 08:27
More than six million Brits are due to make overnight-stay trips overseas and in the UK for the bank holiday
The bank holiday weekend is due to see more than six million Britons make overnight-stay trips both in the UK and overseas, with Spain the top destination.
Travel organisation Abta said 1.8 million will go overseas, with Spain the most popular place to visit.
The Balearic and Canary Islands are especially popular and the capital city of Barcelona is also proving a great attraction for a bank holiday break.
Abta reported France, the Greek Islands and Turkey as being other top destinations. Meanwhile, the most sought-after city breaks included places such as Paris, Berlin, New York, Amsterdam and Dublin.
Figures also showed that roughly 4.5 million people plan breaks taking in an overnight stay in this country.
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Staying in the UK, there is demand on resorts on the south coast and in the south-west of England, and the Channel Islands.
Airports are gearing up for the holiday crowds, with Heathrow Airport expecting roughly 425,000 passengers to fly out, Gatwick expecting 255,000 and 125,000 due to go from Stansted in Essex. Meanwhile 70,000 will fly from Luton in Bedfordshire, and 15,000 from Southend in Essex.
The figures are 160,000 for flying from Manchester, 69,000 from Birmingham, 35,000 from Newcastle, 47,000 from Bristol and 30,000 from Leeds Bradford.
Meanwhile, Scottish airports will see more than 160,000 leaving, while 60,000 will head away under the English Channel with high-speed train firm Eurostar.
The return of good weather in the UK will help tourism around the country, said Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer, adding: "The bank holiday weekend is always one of the busiest of the year as we see holidaymakers jetting off to enjoy the end of their summer breaks".