With 2,921 departures, May 5 witnessed the highest ever scheduled departures from the UK since March 2020 ahead of the Coronation weekend. This is 86 pc of the pre-pandemic levels.
According to a press statement by aviation analytics firm Cirium, 10,962 flight departures were scheduled over the weekend from UK airports, equating to over 1.95 million seats. This associates with a 10 pc growth over 2022 figures and 625 pc higher than 2021, showing a spike in outbound flights
The statement says that with 2,556 scheduled departures, Heathrow will be the busiest airport in the country as per Cirium’s figures. This will be followed by Gatwick, Stansted and Manchester with 1,499, 1,001 and 1,000 flights respectively, scheduled for departures over the weekend. The most popular international destinations are projected to be Dublin, Amsterdam, Palma, Malaga and Alicante.