More people than ever before are expected to leave the country over Christmas .
Passenger numbers are expected to swell on Thursday, a full week before Christmas Day. The next day, 400,000 people will fly out of Britain for a holiday abroad.
Airports including Heathrow and Gatwick are preparing for the busiest festive spell in their history as the annual exodus begins .
Edinburgh Airport expects this Thursday to be its busiest day of the Christmas season. Tenerife is reported as the top winter-sun destination, with Amsterdam the leading city break.
Britain’s second-busiest airport Gatwick said December 21 will be its busiest day, with 64,000 passengers expected to depart for key destinations including Geneva, Barcelona and Dublin. This is a rise of 10 per cent on last year – although numbers were down due to a disastrous flood on Christmas Eve.
More than 37,000 passengers will leave Stansted next Monday December 22, the latest peak of the major airports.
Heathrow declined to reveal its forecast numbers, but Friday is expected to be its busiest day. A city break in New York is the airport’s most popular trip, followed by winter sun in Dubai.
Edinburgh Airport is the busiest airport in Scotland. Edinburgh is the busiest airport in Scotland with onemillion passengers a month . The airport has one terminal building with two entrances , one for UK passengers and one for international passengers.
Passengers who have booked a taxi should go to the dropoff point on the ground floor of the multistorey carpark outside the terminal .
The airport can be reached by car , bus and taxi. There is no direct rail link to the city centre or Glasgow , Stirling and further north but the new tram system terminates at the airport. The nearest railway station is Edinburgh Park which is on the main line between Edinburgh and Glasgow/ Stirling. Passengers would need a taxi from the station to get to the airport.
Edinburgh Airport can be reached by car,taxi or bus. Edinburgh’s new tramline terminates at the airport. It operates a full service into Edinburgh city centre. There is a bus service from the airport into Edinburgh city centre .