Martin Lewis: Book cheap flights this weekend as Brexit delayed – Ryanair slashes prices

Brexit uncertainty caused many British holidaymakers to put off travelling this weekend. The UK was originally set to leave the EU on 29 March, but the later dates of April 12 or May 22 are now being offered as alternatives. This means the risk of travelling over ‘Brexit weekend’ is no longer present – and cheap flights with airlines such as Ryanair are available. Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis shared his holiday tips with Lunch Money Martin on 5 Live.

Martin Lewis has encouraged Britons to make the most of cheap fares this weekend and enjoy a last minute getaway.

The Money Saving Expert said: “It was meant to be Brexit weekend this weekend.

“Lots of people are rightly nervous about flying and wouldn’t have booked to fly over this weekend and wouldn’t have booked to go away.

“It’s no longer Brexit weekend, the risk has gone. It would be worth it if you fancied a week or weekend away checking whether you can get a cheap trip away this weekend.”

Ryanair is one of the low-cost airlines which are announcing cheap flights this weekend.

The Irish carrier is offering flights to Europe for as little as £7.99.

Britons can fly London Stansted to Cologne in Germany and Luxembourg for the low price.

From Bristol, travellers can fly to Bologna, Italy and Shannon, Ireland for £7.99.

A whole host of other flights to popular European holiday spots are also available from £9.99.

TUI is also offering cheap deals. A seven-night holiday in a self-catered aparthotel in Majorca, Spain has been slashed from £418 to £205 per person, departing Friday 29 March.

A seven-night holiday to a hotel in Paphos, Cyprus, departing Sunday 31 March is down from £594 to just £262 per person.

Thomas Cook is also selling a week from Birmingham to Lanzarote, Spain on Friday 29 March for only £234 per person.

The number of trips abroad taken by UK residents has dropped, according to new figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS). 

The data put overseas travel and tourism and trips made in November and December 2018 under the spotlight. The final months of last year marked a period of deep uncertainty amid the UK’s Brexit outlook.

UK residents made 4.3 million visits overseas in November 2018, which was the same as in November 2017.

Yet they embarked on 3.8 million visits in December 2018 – which represented four per cent less than December 2017.

Also, during the period October to December 2018 there were 14.5 million visits abroad by UK residents.

This again marked an overall drop in UK tourists, with one per cent fewer than the corresponding period a year earlier.


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