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Skyscanner survey reveals the cheapest day to fly abroad at Xmas

Take off queue Heathrow Data released by the air travel experts at Skyscanner has revealed the cheapest day to fly abroad for a Christmas holiday. Although Christmas flights are never cheap, the figures show flying on Saturday the 23 December will be relatively inexpensive when compared to say the Friday or Christmas Eve.

A Daily Mirror analysis of the figures also found the Saturday was when London’s and the rest of the UK’s airports were likely to be the least busy. Travel industry analysts say Saturday the 23 is cheaper because people going for longer holidays will already have flown on the Friday.

The experts say those heading overseas on a mini-break just for the festive holiday itself will probably go on Christmas Eve or even Christmas Day. According to Skyscanner, Christmas Day is the worst day to fly on as it is the most expensive.

The Mirror report noted that Friday the 22 was not a good day to be setting off for holidays in the sun as the UK’s airports would be at their busiest. The article suggested Sunday the 17 as a good alternative but this only really works for people with enough annual holiday days left or plenty of spare Christmas cash.

Skyscanner’s list of which will probably be the busiest airports at Christmas did not come with any major surprises. At the top of the table were London’s two biggest airports, Heathrow and Gatwick, and then Manchester. Staff at other UK airports including London Stansted, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Luton say they are already bracing themselves for the Christmas rush too.

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