New York is set to be the busiest route for British Airways on Christmas Day.

The Big Apple is the airline’s most popular long-haul destination over the festive period with Geneva the top short-haul route.

The airline expects to carry more than 500,000 passengers over the Christmas and new year period.

BA expects to serve 66,000 Christmas dinners with 330,000 brussels sprouts to be prepped alongside 270,000 roast potatoes, and 8250kgs of turkey.

A record number of almost 100,000 mince pies will also be served.

Brand and customer experience director Carolina Martinoli said: “Christmas is an incredibly popular time for friends and family to reunite, so we want to help our customers who are travelling during the holiday period celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with Christmas dinners, festive films and mince pies.”

Meanwhile, December 22 set to be the busiest day for UK travellers flying with Emirates this month.