Easter getaway delays

Travellers trying to get away for the Easter weekend face delays as the cold weather causes disruptions. A record number are expected to escape the UK to escape the freezing temperatures.

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ABTA: 1.7m Brits to travel abroad for Easter

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.

Ports strike called off in time for Easter

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.

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Record numbers expected to flee UK for Easter

Forecasters predict a further month of wintry weather. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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.

Ferry passengers set for Easter delays

Ferries could be disrupted over Easter. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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."

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