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Title: Two million Britons are expected to head overseas this Easter with Spain the number-one holiday destination.
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Hundreds of thousands of people are taking advantage of the opportunity to enjoy an 11-day break but only have to book three days off work t...



Hundreds of thousands of people are taking advantage of the opportunity to enjoy an 11-day break but only have to book three days off work thanks to the royal wedding weekend following hot on the heels of the Easter bank holidays.

The Canary Island and the Costa del Sol are the most popular destinations with bargain hunters heading to Egypt and Tunisia and families jetting off to Florida

Foreign city breaks are also proving to be popular with the top five choices being Paris, Dublin, Amsterdam, Rome and New York.

The airports are preparing for the busiest period of the year so far, with 600,000 scheduled to leave from Heathrow, 250,000 from Gatwick, 160,000 from Stansted and 105,000 from Luton.

Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh airports are poised to see 150,000 passengers pass through their terminals, with 125,000 leaving from Manchester and 65,000 from Birmingham.

Eurostar and ferry terminals are also looking forward to a busy two weeks.

Abta chairman John McEwan said: “Easter is the traditional curtain raiser to the summer and the royal wedding bank holiday has given a special boost to bookings. I am delighted to see that so many of our customers are taking advantage of the extra days off either heading overseas or taking a break closer to home.”

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