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UK prepares for mass Easter exodus

26 March 2013 09:03

Britons are jetting off en masse for an Easter break

Britons are jetting off en masse for an Easter break

The annual Easter exodus is starting even earlier this year, with 106,000 travellers already jetting off with British Airways on Friday. Another 98,000 are due to fly with the carrier on Thursday 28 March to squeeze in an extra day over the extended Easter weekend.

More than 450,000 Brits have a holiday booked over the Easter break, with popular long-haul destinations including the US, Dubai, Moscow, Toronto and Johannesburg, and European capitals such as Madrid proving attractive to those wanting to stay closer to home.

Richard Tams, head of UK&I sales for British Airways, said: "With spring delayed by an icy blast of Arctic weather, the Easter break would appear to be more important than ever for families looking to escape to the sun. Flights to North America, the Middle East and the continent being especially busy."

While the extended Easter weekend is a perfect time for families to escape to the sun, holidaymakers need to ensure they have arranged travel insurance before they take to the skies to cover themselves in the event of delayed or cancelled flights.