The Great Christmas getaway

The region's roads, railways and airports are expected to be busy today for the start of the Christmas getaway.

Over 50,000 passengers to use Stansted Airport today as Christmas getaway begins

Thousands of passengers will head out of Stansted today.
Thousands of passengers will head out of Stansted today. Credit: PA

Passengers have been flocking in their droves to the region's airports as many start the great Christmas getaway.

Anita Harrison.
Anita Harrison. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Stansted Airport in Essex are expecting over 50,000 people to use the terminal today.

Head of Terminal, Anita Harrison, says that it's an incredibly busy period.

"Over the course of this week, we've got three quarters of a million passengers travelling out, and today we're got just under 60,000 movements in and out of the terminal.

"Obviously, it's quite a busy day for us. A real kick off to the Christmas period."

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Region braced for a busy day of travel as the great Christmas getaway gets underway

The region's roads, railways and airports are expected to be busy today.
The region's roads, railways and airports are expected to be busy today. Credit: PA

The region's roads, railways and airports are expected to be busy today for the start of the Christmas getaway.

Around 350,000 passengers will be flying out of Stansted over the Christmas period.
Around 350,000 passengers will be flying out of Stansted over the Christmas period. Credit: PA

Figures show more than 350,000 will be flying out of Stansted Airport in Essex over the Christmas period, and 175,000 from Luton.

The busiest time on the roads will be from midday.

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