Bank holiday will see two million Brits head abroad, says Abta

Bank holiday will see two million Brits head abroad, says Abta

As many as two million people are expected to travel overseas this bank holiday weekend, Abta estimates.

Airports around the country are expecting to be very busy this weekend, with Heathrow expecting 248,000 people to fly out on Friday alone, Gatwick expecting 311,000 departing passengers over the entire weekend and 150,000 leaving from Stansted.

Bristol airport expects 55,000 people will depart over the weekend, while East Midlands projects 47,000 – almost 5% more than last year.

Manchester airport is preparing for 103,000 to pass through its terminals in just 24 hours.

Malaga, Majorca and Barcelona are some of the most popular short haul destinations while Orlando, New York and Las Vegas are top long haul spots, according to Abta.

Ports and the Channel Tunnel are also expected to be busy, as France remains a firm favourite for British holidaymakers.

Abta chief executive, Mark Tanzer, said: “This weekend is the traditional curtain closer for the peak summer months and it is always a very busy weekend for travel, with millions taking advantage of the long weekend to head off overseas. 

“With the roads predicted to be extremely busy, holidaymakers should make sure that they leave plenty of time to get to their port of departure.”

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