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Easter flyers urged to check in early

29 March 2016 10:10

Security was stepped up at Heathrow on Wednesday

Security was stepped up at Heathrow on Wednesday

Holidaymakers travelling abroad this Easter weekend are being warned to check-in early after this week's terrorist atrocities in Brussels.

Abta says security checks are being stepped up across the UK's airports and passengers should allow more time accordingly.

The travel group's plea comes as it estimates two million travellers from Britain are set to head overseas during the four-day period.

Gatwick, Heathrow and Manchester airports are among the travel hubs increasing their security precautions after the Belgian blasts on Tuesday (March 22).

Insuring against the worst

Having a flight delayed or missing a connecting flight is no reason to be left out of pocket.

Travel insurance can cover passengers against such mishaps.

It can also compensate them for stolen possessions, lost documents or mislaid medication.

Easter's most popular hotspots

Abta has also reported Britons' favourite Easter getaway locations this weekend, with Spain topping the list.

The other most popular hotspots are:

• Orlando

• Dominican Republic

• Canary Islands

• Mexico

• Dubai

• Orlando

Busy, busy, busy...

UK departures are expected to number over a million during the long holiday weekend.

Abta has listed the most used London airports and their anticipated departure numbers:

• Heathrow (425,000 passengers)

• Gatwick (290,000)

• Stansted (157,000)

• Luton (81,000)

It has done a similar thing for regional airports, including:

• Manchester (200,000)

• Birmingham (59,000)

• East Midlands (36,000)

Manchester braced

Greater Manchester Police's officials have spoken of how they plan to increase patrols and vigilance after the events of the week on the continent.

One spokesman said that the force is working very closely with Manchester Airport counterparts to make sure it is braced to act if needed.

He says that manpower has been upped and the situation will continue to be reviewed.