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Posted by on May 27, 2011 in Travel News

Still time to bag a bank holiday bargain

Now that the ash cloud has lifted and it looks like rain is on the way, this weekend is a great opportunity to get away from it all and head abroad.  Plenty of Brits are making the most of the bank holiday and half term break next week to jet off into the sun. Heathrow airport is expecting its busiest Whitsun bank holiday for 10 years with an estimated 800,000 passengers passing through its gates and UK airports as a whole are gearing up for an anticipated 2 million passengers. 

The Grimsvötn volcano in Iceland is still active but is now releasing steam and smoke into the air instead of the ash particles that grounded flights across Europe earlier in the week. As a result, Eurocontrol, the continent’s air traffic control body, has announced that it is expecting a trouble-free weekend. And the unusually balmy spring weather, which meant we enjoyed one of the warmest Easter breaks on record, has deserted us. Most of the UK won’t see the temperature rise above 16c (61f) until the middle of next week and plenty of cloud and showers are forecast between now and then. 

Benidorm has proved hugely popular

Thousands of Travel Republic customers are amongst those heading off this weekend. Spain has proved to be very popular, with Alicante airport, the gateway to Benidorm and the Costa Blanca, the most popular flight destination. Number two on our list is Palma in Majorca, followed by Dalaman in Turkey. Tenerife South, Malaga (the gateway to the Costa del Sol) and Ibiza take the fourth, fifth and sixth places on the list, followed by Faro, Fuerteventura and Mahon in Menorca.

So too has Majorca

The AA is predicting that 15 million cars will take to the roads this weekend with traffic peaking on Friday afternoon.  If you have booked a trip abroad make sure you leave plenty of time to get to the airport! 

If, however, you’re toying with the idea of booking something very last minute then there are some cracking deals to be had on the website. A few examples are given below 

7 nights room only at the Africamar Apartments in Ca’n Picafort in Majorca. Flying from London Gatwick on Bank Holiday Monday 30th May. Flight £95, accommodation £65, making a total of just £160 per person for the week, based on 2 sharing. Recent review “good clean rooms 200yds from beach, hotel bar cheaper than the pubs. All the local restaurants are very good.” 

7 nights self-catering at the Islandia Finlandia Complex in Benidorm. Flying from Manchester on Bank Holiday Monday 30th May. Flight £118, accommodation £94, i.e. just £212 per person for the week, again based on 2 sharing. Latest review “Apartment was good standard and clean. Quiet part of town which is great after a loud night.”

7 nights room only at the Kristal Hotel in Torremolinos. Flying from Glasgow on Bank Holiday Monday 30th May. Flight £130, accommodation £78, making a total of just £208 per person for the week, based on 2 sharing. Latest review “great location, staff very friendly, breakfast a little bland toast ,coffee,cheese, ham & cereal but if you get the right price then you cant go wrong . I would stay again.”