07:30 Thursday 17 April 2014

Stansted Airport ready for 120k holidaymakers as Brits flock to Spain, Turkey and Tunisia for Easter sunshine

Written byMICHAEL JARVIS

Pic: Amelia Bullett Pic: Amelia Bullett

THE UK's leading travel association estimates that 120,000 holidaymakers will head overseas from Stansted Airport this Easter weekend.

In all, it is expected that 1.6 million Brits will fly abroad, with 370,000 to pass through Heathrow and 200,000 to pass through Gatwick.

Spain is the most popular choice of destination, with the Canary and Balearic Islands having proved particular attractions. Holidays to Turkey and Tunisia have also sold well.

A large amount of city breaks have been booked too, with Paris, Dublin, Amsterdam, Rome and New York the top five getaway areas.

Those going in search of spring sunshine can expect an ample amount. Daytime temperatures are set to reach 23C in Mallorca, 34C in Tunisia, 26C in Turkey and 30C in Florida, the most popular long-haul destination with its wealth of beaches and amusement parks.

Lanzarote, where Prime Minister David Cameron is taking a family break, is expected to see temperatures of around 25C.

A healthy number of UK breaks have also been booked, with many heading for seaside resorts, national parks and holiday camps.

Temperatures across the country are expected to be in the mid to lower teens.

Other airports are likely to see a surge in activity. It is estimated Luton will serve 60,000 people and Bournemouth 4,500.

From the north and Midlands, 110,000 are expected at Manchester, 45,000 at Birmingham and 23,000 at East Midlands, in Derby. Over 100,000 are expected to leave Scottish airports.

Ferries are also expected to be busy and Eurostar is anticipating 60,000 passengers.

All of the estimates have been made by the Association of British Travel Agents.

Chief executive Mark Tanzer said: "The Easter bank holiday is very late this year which means the weather in some of our favourite holiday destinations is looking particularly good, with some very high temperatures.

"I am delighted to see that so many people are taking the opportunity to take a well-earned break."

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