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Flying home for Christmas?

The great getaway at Heathrow Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Some four million people from the UK are expected to travel abroad during the Christmas and new year period, according to a travel organisation.

The Association of British Travel Agents is predicting December 18, December 23 and December 30 will be the busiest travel dates.

Many airports are expecting an increase in passenger numbers from December 18 to January 2 compared to last year, with 900,000 departing from Gatwick and 500,000 from Stansted Some 600,000 will fly out of Heathrow between December 19-25.

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Shoppers expected to have spent £150m this weekend

Shoppers are expected to have spent £150m this weekend in the West End alone.

Shoppers expected to have spent £150m this weekend. Credit: PA

And retailers expect to take up to £300m before Christmas, according to the New West End Company.

Footfall has also risen by 6.7 % from 2013, it said.

Tuesday between 1-2 pm is set to be the busiest hour on the busiest shopping day across Britain, according to the credit card provider Visa.

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