British Airways prepares for busy Easter break; over 700,000 passengers expected

British Airways is expecting to see almost 700,000 people travel around the world on its flights during the 2015 Easter break set to start next week.

Starting Thursday April 2, families and holidaymakers are expected to travel to destinations of their choice across the globe for a pleasurable getaway. The single busiest day for travel will be Monday, April 6, with 142,000 people set to fly with British Airways. More than 135,000 people are expected to travel with the airline on Sunday, April 12 to return home.

The top long-haul destinations for travellers this Easter are mainly to the US, with New York in the lead, followed by Los Angeles and Miami, with strong bookings also to Hong Kong and Boston. Other popular long haul destinations include Johannesburg, San Francisco, Cape Town, Dubai and Tel Aviv, the airline said.

Edinburgh is the top choice for short-haul travellers, followed by Barcelona, Amsterdam, Glasgow and Rome. Other favourites include Geneva, Manchester, Nice, Madrid and Berlin.

Stephen Humphreys, British Airways’ head of UK&I sales, said: ‘Like many parents, I’d like a break away with the children to shake off the last of the winter weather and recharge by soaking up some much needed sun before the onset of spring. Fortunately there are some brilliant deals still on offer from British Airways Holidays to exciting city destinations like New York, Paris and Milan.’

British Airways offers priority boarding for those travelling with children. Skyflyer activity packs are also available to keep children engaged and entertained. Child meals can be pre-ordered with British Airways’ ‘feed families first’ policy.

The getaway packages offered by the British Airways include: three nights at the Doubletree by Hilton Metropolitan – New York City, from £899 per person, travelling on April 3; two nights at Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile from £229 per person, for travel between March 28 and April 12, 2015; two nights at Aspect Hotel Parkwest, Dublin from £119 per person, for travel between March 27 and April 30, 2015; two nights at Innside Berlin from £159 per person, for travel between March 27 and April 30, 2015; and two nights at Raffaello from £149 per person, for travel between March 27 and April 30, 2015.