Air travel to Europe has increased 10% since mid-January, says easyJet

Air travel to Europe has increased 10% since mid-January, says easyJet

Flights to Europe 'up 10% since mid-January' says flight booking website easyJet

Flights between Britain and continental Europe have plummeted in price this week after a Government-enforced dry January helped people cut back on their alcohol consumption.

The first night of mild weather in recent weeks meant people were tempted to hit the pub on Friday night, and travel firm easyJet has seen flight searches by Britons turning up at its airports up 10 per cent.

However, the January phenomenon has seen its effects limited to Europe with last night (Thursday) flight prices seeing the biggest increase in the UK.

South East flight prices soared 18 per cent on Tuesday as the usual last-minute surge of people flocking to the UK airports was missing.

Hundreds of people crowd New Year's Eve celebrations (left) and sky-high prices for flights to Europe (right) in January (file photo)

A spokesperson for easyJet said: 'We have seen an increased interest in booking long-haul in the last couple of days.

'Looking ahead, we expect the Easter and summer holidays to remain popular and flights to destinations across Europe, including Orlando, to remain very popular.'

Yesterday in France over one in eight fliers took off and arrived in Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam and Paris.

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