People are flying further away than ever before this Easter with more than 150,000 jetting off for foreign holidays on British Airways’ longhaul flights during the four-day break. Exotic locations such as Tobago, Bali, Thailand and St Lucia are for the first time joining old favourites Paris and Amsterdam as top holiday choices.
A record number of passengers are swapping the city for the beach and turning the Easter break into a longer family holiday with return flights busy over the following three weeks. America continues to be an attractive destination with flights to Orlando, Tampa and Los Angeles particularly popular.
British Airways in-flight “aunties” are also being kept busy looking after the 8,000 children who are flying the globe alone this Easter, joining parents abroad for the school holidays.
For the millions staying at home, many are preparing to welcome friends and family from overseas as British Airways also reports record numbers of passengers flying into the UK. More than 70,000 passengers are expected to arrive during the four day break, boosting Britain’s tourism industry.
Even at 35,000 ft, the “Easter Bunny” is still kept busy delivering 120,000 chocolate eggs and 10,000 hot cross buns to British Airways passengers.
Celebrity chef Jane Asher is also joining in the fun baking 6,000 exclusive novelty Easter cakes for the airline. And to keep with tradition, fish dishes will feature on the menus around the world on Good Friday.