LUTON Airport has announced that it expects a “busy summer of flying” this year, with Britons set to continue travelling abroad despite the recent disruption to air transport in Europe.

The base revealed that destinations offering guaranteed sun will remain “hugely popular”, with the likes of Majorca, Alicante, Larnaca and Sharm el Sheikh attracting the interest of families planning a summer getaway.

City breaks have also been attracting strong interest from travellers, with major destinations such as Barcelona, Paris and Prague leading this sector.
Simon Harley, Luton Airport's airline development manager, said: “With nearly 100 destinations on offer, our passengers have a great deal of choice whether they are looking for sun or a city break, perfect for that much needed summer getaway.” The high street and package holidays increased their share of the market last week after the volcanic ash crisis closed all UK airports, official industry figures have shown.

According to GfK Ascent-MI, the official collator of travel industry booking data, shops increased their market share by 10 percentage points and share of package bookings by eight points as Britons are determined to take a summer holiday this year and a further surge is expected after Thursday's general election.