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Three million Brits heading overseas for Xmas

23 January 2009 17:39

Three million Brits heading overseas for Xmas

Travel insurance companies are enjoying a bumper holiday period with more than three million Brits leaving the country for Christmas and the New Year.

According to ABTA, people will be looking to get away between December 20th and January 1st, despite the economic downturn.

Early snow in Europe has attracted thousands to the slopes of the Alps, but most will be looking for sun and sand in destinations such as Tenerife, Egypt, Turkey and the Caribbean, according to the travel association.

Holidaymakers hoping to avoid the hassle of making a claim on their holiday insurance due to lost baggage or cancelled flights should try to avoid airports on Saturday 27th December, which the ABTA expects to be the busiest day for air travel over the period.

It estimated that 1.1 million people will be leaving from Heathrow, 500,000 from Gatwick, 250,000 from Stansted, 290,000 from Manchester and 200,000 from Glasgow.

For those travelling abroad by car, the RAC recently revealed that flat tyres and flat batteries are the most common causes of breakdowns.