Four million Brits head abroad amid travel disruption

Around four million Britons will be heading overseas for the Christmas break, with those staying behind in London and the South East having to contend with packed roads and disrupted rail services.

Queues in Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport as people leave early for their Christmas holidays. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The peak days for those flying off to foreign climes are expected to be December 20-22, said travel organisation Abta.

It added that the most -popular destinations for sun lovers were the Canary Islands, Tunisia, Morocco and the Cape Verde Islands off western Africa.