Flying home for Christmas

Tis the season for staying home, but it’s also one of the busiest times for airports and this year will be no exception.
easyJet says it will be flying over a million passengers home for Christmas this week, with 5 per cent more passengers flying in the week leading up to Christmas compared with last year. According to research, however, the vast majority of Britons prefer to spend Christmas at home.

Top fly-to New Year destinations this winter include capital cities like Edinburgh, famous for its Hogmanay celebrations and Berlin which hosts one of the largest New Year celebrations in Europe with its firework display at the Brandenburg Gate. Destinations like Krakow and Prague also offer a great alternative for the budget conscious New Year reveller.

easyJet surveyed 868 travellers at the end of November and asked them about their holiday plans this season. 16 per cent want to “get away from it all”, 81 per cent are looking forward to staying home, and other responses totalled 3 per cent.

Surprisingly 86 per cent said they had never gone away for Christmas, 16 percent said once, another 16 per cent said more than once.

easyJet asked them if, during the economic downturn they’d be more tempted to get away from it all, or stay at home – 19 per cent would want to escape, 81 per cent would stay home.

easyJet flies on more than 600 routes between 130 airports in 30 countries. More than 300 million Europeans live within one hour’s drive of an easyJet airport, more than any other airline.

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