Gatwick expects a record Easter holiday period with 2.2 million passengers forecast to travel between March 25 and April 10 – up 5% on last year.

As many as 580,000 passengers will pass through the airport over the Easter bank holiday weekend alone.

Gatwick expects to handle 50% more families with young children over the weekend, with the busiest day, Easter Sunday, seeing 136,000 passengers.

Barcelona is the top destination followed by Geneva, Dublin, Madrid, Amsterdam, Malaga, Dubai, Milan, Orlando and Tenerife.

Chief commercial officer, Guy Stephenson, said: “Every year we work to make Easter extra special for passengers travelling with us through the holiday.

“We know that it’s the little thoughts each step of the way that help – whether it’s a dedicated family security lane or a pushchair available on your arrival at the airport – ensuring the best start and end to your holiday.”