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ABTA, the travel trade association for tour operators, is estimating that 1.7 million British holidaymakers will head overseas for the Easter weekend.
Spain, Egypt and Tunisia are the most favoured destinations as travelers chase the sun.
Some 600,000 are expected to leave from Heathrow, 214,000 from Gatwick, 110,000 from Stansted and 55,000 from Luton.
A strike at French ports which looked set to disrupt cross-Channel ferry services has been called off.
It will come as a relief to authorities as record numbers are expected to travel abroad for Easter weekend – and escape the UK’s freezing temperatures.
P&O Ferries had warned its passengers to expect long delays but at 2am a deal was struck following late-night talks.
Britons are set to flee freezing temperatures in record numbers after airports and tour operators reported a last-minute surge in bookings.
Almost 2 million will fly out over the weekend, a 30% rise on the annual average.
As travellers go in search of the sun, the most popular destinations include Spain, Tunisia, Egypt and Florida.
Cross-Channel ferry passengers looking to escape the cold in the UK could face delays as port control officers plan to stage a 24-hour strike over pay.
The strike, which will start Thursday morning, is likely to cause delays to those travelling to French ports over the Easter weekend.
P&O Ferries said: "We advise that following failed pay talks yesterday [Tuesday] in Paris, French port control officers will be holding a national day of industrial action which is likely to affect the majority of ports in France."