2008 News Archive - Holidays - Canary Islands for Christmas

21 12 2006

Thousands of Brits are hoping to jet off to the Canary Islands this Christmas, in search of warmer climes.

A new report from the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) reveals that three million passengers will leave the UK between December 22 and January 2.

The Canary Islands will reportedly welcome a huge number of British holidaymakers this Christmas, thanks to the promise of a little sun in the likes of Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura.

Southern Spain has also been a popular choice, along with Florida and the Caribbean, ABTA reports.

Two million passengers are set to leave the UK from BAA's seven airports, which include Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Southampton and the three key Scottish hubs.

A further 250,000 will fly from Manchester, 100,000 will jet off from Birmingham, 80,000 will use Luton and the same number will depart from Nottingham East Midlands.

There are currently major concerns, however, that foggy conditions around Heathrow in particular will disrupt the Christmas plans of many holidaymakers from the UK. British Airways has been forced to cancel numerous flights to Europe as well as all domestic routes today and a number of other airlines have had to follow suit.

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