Two Bank Holidays encourages holidaymakers

Protugal and Malta are popular destinations

April 2011

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As the Spring Bank Holiday approaches this year, more than 2 million passengers will be heading off overseas. This year we have more bank holidays due to the Royal Wedding and this has made holiday companies introduce far more holidays than would normally be available for the time of year.

The fact that there are two chances in May to take a long weekend has meant that people can take 10 days off with only 3 of those days coming from their annual leave entitlement. Thomas Cook, one of the UK’s market leaders for package holidays, has added an extra 100,000 holidays over the Easter period.

Two of the most popular destinations are Malta which has seen a rise in popularity of 22% since last year and Portugal where bookings over the Easter break have increased this year by 90%. The cost of an Easter break has fallen this year and the current situation in Portugal has meant that airlines are offering cut price deals.

British Airways have yet to announce if there will be any strikes over the next two Bank Holidays but BA have said they will still operate flights from Gatwick and London City Airport and all long haul flights from Heathrow.

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