Egypt and Turkey head Easter getaway hotspots

27th Mar 2013

About 1.7 million sunshine-craving Britons are fleeing what could be the coldest Easter on record - with Egypt and Turkey among their favourite getaway destinations.

Tourists will leave their countrymen shivering in the big freeze to bask in soaring weekend holiday temperatures set to peak on Sunday in both the Turkish capital of Ankara (21C) and the Egyptian first city of Cairo (34C).

Many have taken advantage of last-minute bargains to escape one of the coldest Marches yet.

Egypt and Turkey will be joined by the Canary Islands, Tunisia and Majorca as sunny escapes from the home chill.

UK travel organisation the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) said the most popular city breaks will be Paris, Dublin, Amsterdam, Rome and New York.

ABTA chief executive Mark Tanzer said plenty of Britons are "desperate for sunshine" after two wet summers and a prolonged winter.

He added: "We've seen a surge in last-minute bookings to warm destinations and ski lovers are also in for a treat with some of the best snow conditions seen for years."

ABTA has also provided airport departure numbers from some of England's largest airports between tomorrow (March 28) and Tuesday April 2.

They are: Heathrow 600,000; Gatwick 214,000; Manchester and Stansted both 110,000 and Luton 55,000.

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