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Holidaymakers snub larger airports for regional convenience

21st July 2008 Print
Claims that airport delays are prompting holidaymakers to rethink their holiday plans to stay in the UK have been strongly denied by one leading tour operator, which uses regional airports. Rather than reporting a downturn,, says that travellers are turning their backs on the likes of Heathrow and Gatwick airports in favour of an entirely better experience at the local airports it uses, of faster, cheaper and more convenient travel.

The tour operator has experienced year-on-year growth from its six UK regional bases, while its own research shows that two thirds (67 per cent) of people are planning late breaks in July and August, proving there has never been a better time to travel abroad.

With the promise of vastly reduced queuing times and hassle-free travel from their doorsteps, many more people are utilising the likes of Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle, Belfast, Blackpool and Edinburgh airports.

Mandy Round, General Manager at, said: “The London airports maybe experiencing a backlash from travellers, but this is simply not the case in the regions.

“Regional airports are not just easier to get to, they have better and cheaper parking and far fewer queues meaning the time spent checking in and navigating security is much more of a breeze – the whole experience is far removed from the chaos we’ve seen at the likes of Heathrow’s Terminal 5.

“Our advice to holidaymakers is: ignore the scaremongering and book a holiday from your local airport – it will be a far better experience and probably cheaper too.”

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