Millions set for bank holiday take-off
Tags: Abta, Bank holiday, London Luton Airport, Spain
Nearly half a million people will be flying out of Gatwick, Stansted and Luton this weekend, a survey has revealed.
The poll carried out by travel organisation Abta found some 1.8 million people overall expect to fly out of the UK over the bank holiday, with Spain and its islands being the top destination.
Around a quarter of a million people are expected to be flying from Gatwick, with 125,000 leaving Stansted and 70,000 jetting out of Luton.
Other popular destinations with sun-seeking Britons are Portugal, Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt along with the Greek islands.
Meanwhile, the main city break spots are New York, Paris, Dublin, Amsterdam and Rome.
It comes as road safety charity Brake and insurers Direct Line warned drivers of bank holiday traffic after a poll found some 71% of motorists had been distracted while at the wheel in the last 12 months, with inconsiderate road users being one of the main reasons for their lack of concentration.
Brake senior campaigns officer Ellen Booth said: “All too often these casualties result from careless errors that could easily be avoided if drivers gave their full attention to the road. If you are so upset or angry that you can’t give driving your full attention, you need to pull over and cool off.”
With the roads expected to be busier than normal, drivers have been warned to take care getting to the airports and may want to consider getting an airport transfer for a safe and stress-free start to their bank holiday break.
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