About 5.1 million people will be heading off on holiday within the UK over the bank holiday weekend, the tourism agency VisitEngland has said. This is expected to generate about 1.3bn for the UK economy. And travel organisation Abta estimates that two million Britons will head abroad from Friday to Monday. Heathrow is expecting more than 440,000 passengers to depart over the long weekend, while Gatwick is preparing for 311,000 outgoing passengers. Stansted is due to see 103,000 people fly over the next three days.
"The impact in terms of adverse publicity and frustration to customers is large," said Loizos Heracleous, professor of strategy at the Warwick Business School. He does not, however, expect it to have a durable financial impact on the company, which is expanding and is adept at controlling costs and finding new sources of revenue.
An EasyJet Holidays spokeswoman said: "We recognise that many our customers do still want their holidays to go ahead, so for'amber' list destinations where holidays can be enjoyed safely and legally, which do not have'all but essential travel' warnings and where there is no quarantine requirement in destination, we are providing flexibility and choice so customers can make up their own mind about their holiday."
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