The 2015 Easter getaway will start next week, with BA expecting to see almost 700,000 people travel in the first five days.

The exodus will start on Thursday April 2 and the single busiest day for travel is Monday, April 6, with 142,000 people set to fly with the airline.

Families will be looking to make the most of their time away, with many children not due to return to school until Monday, April 13. More than 135,000 people are expected to travel the day before, on Sunday, April 12, to return home.

The top long-haul destinations for travellers this Easter are mainly to the US, with New York in the lead, followed by Los Angeles and Miami, with strong bookings to Hong Kong and Boston. Other popular destinations include Johannesburg, San Francisco, Cape Town, Dubai and Tel Aviv.

Edinburgh proves to be the top spot for short-haul travellers, followed by Barcelona, Amsterdam, Glasgow and Rome. Other favourites include Geneva, Manchester, Nice, Madrid and Berlin.