Despite the sun and sangria of Spain, the frog’s legs and fromage of France, Britain is still best for short breaks according to figures released by Flybe today.The Met Office may be predicting showers for the Bank Holiday but Brits would still rather take a break in Edinburgh or the Channel Islands than Toulouse or Faro as 85% of Flybe passengers choose domestic air travel for their weekend break.
Flybe, Europe’s third largest low-cost airlines, will carry almost 65,000 passengers over the Bank Holiday period, an 18.5% increase on last year’s figures. The most popular route travelled by Brits is between Southampton and Jersey, with over 2,500 passengers flying on the route.
Routes to and from Scotland are also proving particularly popular with the Scottish airports featuring five times in the top ten. Also high on the list are routes in and out of London Gatwick and Birmingham International with large numbers of travellers jetting away over the Bank Holiday period.
Exeter and Belfast also make an appearance with their esteemed culture and history likely proving a draw to tourists keen to jet off for an extended weekend.
Flybe’s top 10 routes for the Bank Holiday are:
. 1. Southampton - Jersey
. 2. Southampton - Guernsey
. 3. Edinburgh - Southampton
. 4. Guernsey - London Gatwick
. 5. Birmingham - Edinburgh
. 6. Exeter - Edinburgh
. 7. Birmingham - Belfast
. 8. Glasgow - Southampton
. 9. Birmingham - Glasgow
. 10. Jersey - Birmingham
Mike Rutter, Chief Commercial Officer for Flybe comments: “Once again we’re seeing that cost effective and convenient air travel is encouraging people to travel to different areas of the UK.”
He continues: “Because of its varied history and metropolitan culture Britain has so many fantastic things to see and do so it’s great to see so many people taking the time to explore different areas of the country.”