ABTA predicts 2.1 million exodus over Easter

by Laura Gelder

ABTA has estimated that 2.1 million British holidaymakers are set to head overseas over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend this April 19-22, with Good Friday the busiest day for travel.

Spain is once again the UK’s favourite foreign holiday destination for the weekend, with Malaga, Alicante and the Canary Islands the most popular regions.

Turkey will also be busy, with holidaymakers enjoying 23C, while Egypt is another popular choice for sun seekers – with temperatures of 31C predicted in Hurghada.

Britons will be travelling even further afield in the search for sun as ABTA Members report that Mexico, Cape Verde and Florida are selling well.

Many more are taking advantage of the double Bank Holiday weekend to spend time enjoying galleries, restaurants and nightclubs on a city break with Amsterdam, Barcelona, Paris, New York, Budapest and Rome all having sold well.

ABTA members also reported good levels of booking for UK breaks with many customers travelling to seaside resorts such as Bournemouth, Eastbourne and Llandudno, where unseasonably high temperatures of over 20C are predicted.

Airports are in the South East are reporting strong numbers with hundreds of thousands leaving from Heathrow, 275,000 from Gatwick, 175,000 from Stansted and 105,000 from Luton.

Mark Tanzer ABTA Chief Executive said: “The fact that Easter falls so late this year means that there is a good range of short haul destinations, offering good temperatures and guaranteed sunshine.

“Many customers will also be looking to book their summer holidays this weekend – and there is great deal of choice and availability for good value breaks in popular destinations, including the Canary Islands, Spain, Portugal, France, Greece and Italy.”


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