It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas!
For many the Christmas break begins today, and according to the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), close to 4 million UK citizens are due to go abroad on festive breaks this Christmas. Mark Tanzer ABTA Chief Executive said: “Christmas and New Year is traditionally the busiest time of year for the travel industry with millions of people heading off overseas for some winter sunshine or guaranteed snow. This year is no exception and the ferries, railways and airports will be very busy over the festive season. With a White Christmas looking unlikely in the UK, thousands are heading off to the alpine resorts of Europe, where there has been some of the best snow fall for years, to experience the magic of a traditional Christmas.”
However, for any of our medical travel insurance customers who are joining the great festive get away, we would advise to be prepared for the busy airports, trains and ferries during this period, by making sure you take an extra supply of any prescription drugs, just in case you are delayed, and remember to keep a supply in your hand luggage as well as your check-in bag.
The busiest days for travel will be today, the 21stDecember and tomorrow the 22nd December, although according to British Airways (BA), they are expecting 31,000 passengers to fly on Christmas Day and say that 58 of their planes are set to be airborne just after midnight on the 25th December. And for those of you that love a statistic, BA estimate that 60,000 mince pies will be eaten on their Heathrow departing long-haul journeys!
Whether you are staying at home or abroad I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and happy and peaceful New Year.