Millions head off on Easter getaway

Millions of Britons are heading off on an extended Easter getaway, thanks to a "take-off-three-days-and-get-11" situation created by the ultra-late Easter and the royal wedding.

Heathrow Airport said this weekend would be the busiest of the Easter period, as holidaymakers are heading to overseas destinations to enjoy the break.

British Airways named Rome, Venice and Barcelona as its most popular holiday destinations during the Easter period.

The late arrival of Good Friday on April 22, followed by the bank holiday for the royal wedding on April 29 and the May Day bank holiday on May 2 means employees can get an unbroken 11-day break, provided they take three working days off from April 26-28.

Holiday sales have also been boosted by planned parties and special screenings of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

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