An estimated 2.1 million British holidaymakers are set to head off abroad over the Easter weekend with with Good Friday the busiest day for travel.

Abta members are also reporting good booking levels for UK breaks with many people travelling to coastal resorts such as Bournemouth, Eastbourne and Llandudno where unseasonably high temperatures of more than 20C are forecast.

Spain remains the top overseas destination with Malaga, Alicante and the Canary Islands the most popular regions.

Turkey and Egypt arev also drawing large numbers together with Mexico, Cape Verde and Florida.

Many more are taking advantage of the long bank holiday weekend on city breaks to Amsterdam, Barcelona, Paris, New York, Budapest and Rome.

Airports are in the south-east are reporting strong numbers with hundreds of thousands leaving from Heathrow, 275,000 from Gatwick, 175,000 from Stansted and 105,000 from Luton.

Regional airports will be busy, with 160,000 leaving from Manchester, 28,000 from East Midland Airport and more than 100,000 from Edinburgh airport.

Other regional airports, ferry terminals and the Channel Tunnel will also be extremely busy over the weekend with thousands booked to travel by Eurostar this weekend, according to Abta.

Chief executive Mark Tanzer said:“Easter is always one if the most popular times of year for travel and over the long weekend millions of holidaymakers will be taking either an overseas or a domestic break.

“The fact that Easter falls so late this year means that there is a good range of short haul destinations, offering good temperatures and guaranteed sunshine.”

He added: “Many customers will also be looking to book their summer holidays this weekend – and there is great deal of choice and availability for good value breaks in popular destinations, including the Canary Islands, Spain, Portugal, France, Greece and Italy.

“As always on a busy bank holiday leave plenty of time to get to your departure port and check for engineering work and line closures if using public transport.”

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