4 million Brits to go abroad for Christmas
by FFE EU News Staff
Britain expects to see millions leaving for Christmas this year as they head to sunny destinations. Peak travel dates are predicted to be between 20 and 23 December.
Around 1.7 million are expected to fly from Heathrow, 700,000 from Gatwick and between 100,000 to 360,000 from other airports like Luton, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh and regional airports. The Channel Tunnel and the ferry will also expect hundreds of thousands of passengers. The Eurostar train to Paris expects 210,000.
Winter sports lovers are flocking to winter destinations like Switzerland, France, Austria and Italy. New Year’s Eve destinations like Paris, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Rome and Dublin expect a surge in visitors. Coastal destinations like Llandudno in Wales, Torquay in Devon and Eastbourne in East Sussex will also see a number of tourists this season.
UK association of travel operators Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer said ‘Christmas and New Year are traditionally one of the busiest times for travel and this year millions of Britons are heading overseas for guaranteed snow or some much needed winter sun. Many will also be jetting off to visit friends and family or heading for a hotel break in the UK.’
He added a word of caution to those going abroad this season ‘As the roads will be busy, Abta recommends that holidaymakers should leave plenty of time to get to the airport and check for engineering work before heading off if using public transport.’