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More autumn holiday flights booked than ever before

12:59 27/10/2017

More people than ever before are planning to fly to foreign destinations for the autumn school holiday. Airlines and tour operators are reporting that most holidaymakers are heading for warmer climates.

The numbers have been rising steadily over the last few years, and, according to a report by VRT, this year some 10% more seats are booked on flights out of Belgium compared to last year. People are no longer waiting until the Christmas break to head to Turkey, Spain and Egypt – the most popular destination booked for this weekend.

Tour operator TUI increased its capacity out of Brussels by 10% for the period this year, and they are now sold out, it told VRT. Thomas Cook, Corendon and Neckermann are all reporting similar results.

Extra holiday

“It’s an extra holiday that people are taking,” said TUI spokesperson Piet Demeyere. “It doesn’t mean they won’t take another holiday during Christmas if that’s what they normally do. This one is an additional holiday.”

According to Demeyere, the reason for the extra time away is due to one thing: “The stress of everyday life. They simply cannot completely get away from it all at home. If people get the chance to go abroad – far from the pressures – they grab it with both hands.”

The regional airports as well as Brussels Airport are anticipating busy weekends, though a spokesperson for Ostend and Antwerp airports said that they expected no delays. Brussels Airport said that anyone hoping to get a parking spot should reserve it today and to double-check hand baggage restrictions to avoid delays.

Photo courtesy Brussels Airport Company

Written by Lisa Bradshaw