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.