Palma.—The Association of British Travel Agents yesterday reported that an estimated 1.5 million British holidaymakers are set to head overseas for the Easter weekend of 6-9 April.

Spain is the UK's favourite foreign holiday destination over the weekend, with the Canaries and the Balearics the most popular areas.
Cyprus and Tunisia have also sold very well and will have high temperatures and guaranteed sunshine.
Foreign city beaks are popular at this time of the year with the weather being comfortable and the crowds manageable. Paris, Dublin, Amsterdam, Rome and New York are the top five choices.

Snow lovers are heading off to Geneva to catch the final weeks of the ski season.
Domestic tour operators are reporting strong demand with many UK hotels and resorts fully booked. Traditional UK holiday destinations such as Cornwall and Devon, the South Coast, Norfolk and Suffolk are all expected to be extremely busy.

Airports are reporting good numbers: 370'000 will leave from Heathrow, 200'000 from Gatwick, 100'000 from Stansted and 65'000 from Luton.
From Scotland over 100'000 will be leaving via the airports with 45'000 from Glasgow, 55'000 from Edinburgh.
From the North and the Midlands, 105'000 will leave from Manchester and 45'000 from Birmingham.
Other regional airports, ferry terminals and the channel tunnel will also be extremely busy over the weekend with hundreds of thousands leaving the country.

Eurostar is reporting 85'000 departing the UK with Paris, Amsterdam and Lyon leading the way.
Mark Tanzer ABTA Chief Executive said: “Easter is the traditional curtain raiser to the summer and I am delighted to see that hundreds of thousands of Brits are taking the opportunity to take a well-earned break both here in the UK and overseas.” But, no sooner had Abta issued its upbeat statement, it was warning travellers to expect travel disruption.
There are fears that UK airports will be reduced to ‘gridlock' over Easter due to a shortage of staff to carry out passport checks.
The reported warning from eleven airlines to home secretary Theresa May came ahead of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year with 1.5 million people expected to travel abroad.

British Air Transport Association chief executive Simon Buck has written to May on behalf of the airlines urging her to ensure passport controls are “properly resourced”. “We don't want to see queues at airports. It's bad for passengers and for UK plc to see long queues at passport control,” he said. “We are looking for reassurance from the Home Office that the Border Force will be properly resourced. We don't want to see queues at airports.” None of this bodes well for a good start to the tourist season, either at home or here in the Balearics, where a summer of discontent is gathering momentum and worrying the large tour operators.


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