Arctic weather conditions in the UK have sent thousands of people fleeing to seek the winter sun, with record numbers booking cheap flights to the Spanish Costas, Balearics, and the Canary Islands.
Britons may have escaped a white Christmas, but Easter certainly made up for it. Blizzards, howling winds and plunging temperatures were reported as far south as the Channel Islands causing many families to escape to the sun on flights to Spain from Jet2.com. The travel industry has reported a surge in beach holiday bookings for the first two weeks of April, with the majority of holidaymakers choosing European locations like Tenerife, Majorca and the Costa Blanca over long-haul destinations like Florida and the Middle East.
The effect has been particularly noticeable in Scotland, where the ski resorts are seeing unprecedented levels of soft powdery snow, at a time when it would normally be turning to mush. However, winter sports enthusiasts are not the only ones smiling. One Scottish travel agent has seen a 10% rise in winter sun bookings, and Glasgow Airport also reported an increase in numbers from the Easter weekend.
A spokesman said:
"Between Friday and Monday we saw around 75,000 passengers at the airport, a slight increase on this time last year.”
He added that key destinations were the Canary Islands, Turkey and the Balearics.
The Costa del Sol also looks promising, with expected highs of around 21°C over the coming weeks, so book your flights now so that you won’t be left out in the cold!