More than 2m to flock through UK airports

More than 2m to flock through UK airportsUK airports are expected to see one of their busiest weekends of the year over the coming days as more than two million holidaymaking Brits leave the country.

According to the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), Heathrow Airport will be the busiest hub, with 460,000 departing passengers, followed by Gatwick Airport (260,000).

With traffic flow of 160,000 travellers, Manchester Airport is set to be busier than the London hub of Stansted (150,000), while the main Scottish gateways are expected to handle 150,000 outbound passengers.

While Spain is once again set to be the number one destination for Brits, Egypt has seen the steepest growth in bookings, with a 28 per cent year-on-year increase, followed by Turkey (20 per cent) and the USA (eight per cent).

Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer said: "With a changing economic climate, many existing trends have become more pronounced. Spain for example, is still the top destination this year, but as a mature destination, and with the strong euro, greater growth is being experienced in the mid- to long-haul destinations outside of the eurozone."

He added: "Conversely, there is no surprise that with the weak dollar, the US is doing well, and forward bookings for the US look strong."

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