Families in Northern England are flying from Scotland in order to save up to £500 on the average family break when flying to the same places from England.
The reason for this sudden change in departure point is because of the difference in school summer holiday times between England and Scotland. The Scottish summer holidays finish at the beginning of August, meaning that the peak travel period in Scotland ends with the Scottish school holidays.
Scottish travel group, Barrhead claims a 20% rise in English holidaymakers choosing to fly from Scotland to cut the price of their trip.
Chief executive Sharon Munro said: “As the Scottish school holidays finish at the beginning of August, we’ve discovered a notable increase in the number of English families looking to travel towards the end of August from airports in Scotland in a bid to reduce the cost of their holiday.
“In this tough economic climate, families are really feeling the squeeze and are looking for any means possible to make their cash stretch that little bit further.”
School holidays and peak travel prices are a hotly debated issue at the moment. The recent news that schools will be able to decide their own term dates from September 2015 has caused concern that this will lead to longer peak price periods. See the full news article here.