According to ABTA, about 2 million of us will leave the country to enjoy Easter abroad. And maybe some decent weather after the returning wintry conditions of this week.
It won’t come as a great surprise to many of you that Spanish resorts are doing well with Tenerife and the Canaries leading the way. You could also guess that Egypt and Turkey are doing well and so they are but Tunisia has also picked up a lot of bookings. Going slightly further afield, Florida is attracting the usual school age groups and booking seem to be up despite the fact that the biggest new attraction, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, doesn’t open until June 18th.
The usual places seem to fill the top spots each year for overseas city break destinations. Paris, Amsterdam, and Dublin lead the pack with Milan and New York not far behind and this is despite the weakness of the pound against the euro and the dollar.
So who is going away?
Just short of a million people are due to fly out from the four airports around London with 155,000 from the main Scottish ones. 140,000 will leave from Manchester and about 60,000 from Birmingham.
Domestic holidays are also attracting large numbers of people and citybreaks in London, Edinburgh and Manchester are popular. The Channel Isles, Cornwall, East Anglia and Northern England are also popular with holidaymakers. That fits in with the news coming from the domestic tour operators that staycations are heading for another good year.
Easyjet has also announced that it will carry over a million passengers over Easter with Geneva being its top destination. Then come the warmer spots of Malaga, Faro, Palma and Marrakech. So far Ryanair hasn’t announced how its Easter traffic just a sale, yes another one. (Getting to be as often as the bed and furniture sales you see on TV!) It would be odd though if they weren’t flying at least a million pe ople as well.
So it looks as though this might be a bumper period. With good snow to attract the snow sport enthusiasts and warmth to attract the rest of us who are a little tired of the wintry conditions, it could get very, very busy at airports and ports not mention the roads.