Summer sun hunters ready to jet set abroad as Manchester Airport prepare for 150,000 bank holiday passengers

By Dean Wilkins

Up to 1.8million Britons are expected to be jetting off abroad this bank holiday weekend as Manchester Airport prepares for the second highest amount of passengers in the UK to pass through their gates.

The airport is prepared to send 150,000 people off on their end of summer jollies and Spain, Greece and Turkey are the most popular tourist destinations for sun seekers.

Unfortunately, for those not lucky enough to relax in the fine Mediterranean climate, Blighty’s archetypal weather is set to return after holding off through the Olympics as Manchester will bask in wet, cool temperatures.

Chief executive Mark Tanzer of travel organisation Abta said: “As always at the end of a major sporting event, many people are looking to head off for a break either at home or overseas.

“Spain and Greece continue to be popular with many holidaymakers taking advantage of the strong pound, which is at a four-year high against the euro, as well as the fact that prices in bars and restaurants have come down.”

The Highways Agency are fighting to complete 194miles of roadworks before the weekend, as a further 59miles of additional works will be suspended over the weekend.

Forecasters are predicting an unsettled day across the UK on Saturday with plenty of cloud and heavy downpours – temperatures with struggle to creep above 20C.

Network Rail expect 6.1million passengers to travel on main line trains between Saturday and Monday.

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