With safety concerns surrounding many of the traditional spring holiday hot-spots, British families are opting to “go long-haul” for their sunshine-fix this Easter, according to Cheapflights.co.uk.
Topping Cheapflights’ Easter holiday hot-list is New York, followed by Dubai and Orlando, which has seen a surge in demand of 397 per cent for the Easter week, compared with the first week of March.
Phil Bloomfield of Cheapflights said: “Previously, we would expect to see mid-haul favourites such as Tunisia, Turkey and Egypt topping the list because of the guaranteed sunshine they afford at this time of year. However, with safety concerns beleaguering many of the traditional spring-holiday destinations, British families are turning to long-haul destinations such as Dubai and Florida for their Easter escape.”
Overall, demand for travel during the Easter period is up 76 per cent compared with the weeks preceding the Easter break.
“Our search data suggests it’s going to be a bumper Easter for UK airports,” said Bloomfield. “Many Brits are opting to add holiday to the week leading up to the Easter weekend, whilst families – dictated by the school holiday dates – will be jetting off during and post-Easter, creating a pro-longed busy period for UK airports.
Of the short-haul destinations in the Easter top 10, Malaga has seen the biggest hike in demand (50 per cent) for flights during the Easter holidays, versus the weeks preceding the holiday period, as Brits fall back on established favourites such a Spain.
For those who have the freedom to travel outside of the school holidays and simply want to build a mini-break around the long, Easter weekend, Amsterdam takes the top spot, followed by Dublin, Barcelona, New York, Paris and Rome.