UK travellers are calling on the government to lower Air Passenger Duty as Brexit fuels higher travel costs.

The demand comes from a Southend airport poll which found that four-out-of-five people expect the price of their summer holidays to increase due to Brexit.

Younger travellers are 20% more pessimistic of the impact on their plans, with 18-35 year olds anticipating the cost of an average summer holiday to increase by more than £500

One-third of the 1,000 respondents are looking to make alternative holiday arrangements and travel to destinations outside the euro currency zone.

The results of the survey showed that the majority of UK adults (62%) would call on the government to cut taxes as costs increase now that the Brexit process is underway.

Glyn Jones, chief executive of Stobart Aviation, owner of the Essex airport, said: “There are two ways of looking at this. One is that we can all expect to pay significantly more for our typical family holidays within the euro currency zone this summer.

“Or, more positively, it could simply be a case of ‘Goodbye Zante, Hello Zadar’ as UK travellers opt for destinations outside of the currency zone, and explore new places.

“What I am certainly calling for is that the government should, without delay, reduce the controversial Airport Passenger Duty.”