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Thousands pack into departure lounges as they set off abroad on first weekend since Freedom Day 

Queues never felt so good! Thousands of holidaymakers pack into departure lounges as they set off on trips abroad on first weekend since Freedom Day

  • Longest queues were for Malta, Madeira, Malaga, Lisbon, Faro and Greek islands
  • Some airlines have doubled flights compared with last weekend to meet demand
  • Up to 392,750 people will fly abroad this weekend, according to data firm Cirium

The chore of lining up for airport security probably didn’t feel quite so gruelling yesterday as lockdown-weary holidaymakers finally set off on trips abroad.

Departure lounges were packed as thousands of travellers jetted off at the start of the first weekend since Freedom Day.

The longest queues were at check-ins for flights to Malta, Madeira, Malaga, Lisbon and Faro in Portugal and to Greek islands.

Some airlines have doubled the number of flights compared with last weekend to meet the increase in demand.

Large queues developed at Stansted Airport on Friday morning on the first weekend since Freedom Day 

The queues seen Friday are in stark contrast to the almost empty airports seen in May (Pictured: Lone two travellers check into Ryanair flight at Stansted Airport on May 10)

The queues seen Friday are in stark contrast to the almost empty airports seen in May (Pictured: Lone two travellers check into Ryanair flight at Stansted Airport on May 10)

The surge comes as school summer holidays started yesterday. New quarantine-free travel rules for the double-jabbed also came into effect on Monday, making it easier for families to go abroad. 

Up to 392,750 people will fly abroad this weekend, according to flight data firm Cirium.

London Stansted has 1,330 planes travelling between yesterday and tomorrow, compared to 735 in the equivalent period last year.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said it would be ‘the busiest weekend so far this year’.

Drivers were also warned to expect delays as families set off on staycations.

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