Jetsetters take off as Leeds shopping frenzy hits

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WITH CHRISTMAS just around the corner, this weekend is set to be a festive retail frenzy as last-minute shoppers try and bag a bargain.

Thousands of people are expected to be hitting the high street on December 20 and 21, setting shop tills jingling.

The retail sector is bracing itself for one of the busiest weekends of the year, and more than 500 extra staff have been drafted in to serve shoppers at Trinity Leeds.

But while many of us are preparing to panic-buy, others are opting for a more peaceful Christmas elsewhere in the world. Recent figures show Leeds Bradford Airport will have its busiest Christmas and New Year ever – with 100,000 passengers expected to pass through the airport over the two-week holiday period.

Many passengers are jetting off to be with loved ones, whilst others are taking advantage of some winter sun.

Tenerife is the top destination for holidaymakers, along with the Algarve.

Meanwhile skiers are sloping off to Geneva, which serves the French and Swiss Alps. Short breaks to Paris, Amsterdam and Dublin have also proved popular city breaks.

Tony Hallwood, aviation development director at Leeds Bradford Airport, said: “We look forward to welcoming passengers to Leeds Bradford over the festive period and our airport team will make the start of their Christmas getaway as relaxing as possible.”

Mr Hallwood added: “As record numbers of passengers take advantage of our wide choice of destinations searching for some sun or snow, we also look forward to giving our overseas visitors a truly warm Yorkshire welcome.”

The option of flying instead of driving could also become a popular choice for many, after the AA announced that around 10million cars were on the road on December 19.

AA president Edmund King said: “The Christmas getaway could be a long drawn-out ordeal this year, with a particularly busy start.

“This is because most schools break up, Christmas shopping gets going in earnest and consumers have more money in their pocket because of low pump prices.”

The most popular regional flights from Leeds Bradford Airport are expected to be London Heathrow, Belfast and Glasgow. The festive rush tops off another successful year for the airport, which has seen over 3.2million people travel through the terminal.