This year in Spain ,we will see record numbers of holiday makers who have decided to up sticks for the traditional festive period and head out to the coasts of Spain as temperatures are expected to soar to 24c.
Whilst Brexit looms on the 31st January for the British and such poor weather conditions in the UK, families are packing up their suitcases and heading out to the Spanish sun.
UK airports are reporting record numbers as travellers depart for their Christmas holidays now the holiday season has started for many as they break up from work.
Budget airlines, Easy Jet, Ryanair and Jet2.com have constant full flights back and forth to Spain at present as weather conditions are so bleak with mass flooding and freezing temperatures.
New arrivals coming through Malaga airport shared their views with the Euro Weekly News.
Yasmin King arrived with her son Daniel as told us ” The weather is truly awful back home in Taunton, we have the Somerset levels and they are all flooded out, I just thought “sod it” jumped on the internet and booked a hotel and flight package for the two of us, prices were good so it was a no brainer, I may even go for paella on Wednesday rather than turkey!”
Meanwhile Bridget Eason and her family came through the terminal and said ” Feel the warmth! we saw the weather forecast for Spain this Christmas week and it was a last minute booking, my husband Tim doesn’t go back to work until January the 3rd so we have booked both for Christmas Day and New Years Eve in Spain and we are really looking forward to it”
Iain And Sarah Stamper landed down from Manchester and said ” It’s Spain for us this year, we don’t normally go away for Christmas but the kids are grown up now so we thought we would give it a try- with Brexit coming up as well we thought it best to make use of our easy European travel just in case”
With flights being packed and airlines rarely having an empty seat flying into Spain we spoke with air hostess Sharon Roulestone who told us “All flights are packed out inbound but we are noticing far less travellers going home for Christmas, we chat with our customers and it’s the same message really, the weather, customers are taking full advantage and Spain being a top Christmas destination this year”
“Many of them are late bookings and it’s customers booking a package more than just a flight which is the normal signal of late get aways” Sharon further stated.
On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, temperatures are expected to reach 22ºC in Seville in the southern region of Andalusia, when the average for those days is usually 16ºC.
On the Costa Blanca, Alicante regions may reach 24ºC, when the average is 17ºC in December.
Whilst the Costa del Sol could hit 22c as temperatures rise through the Christmas period.
Spain’s tourism will greatly benefit from this boost and hotel owners are delighted as well as bar and cafe owners, we spoke with restaurant owner Emma Coleman who operates Scoffers on the sea front in Fuengirola Spain.
” We’ve been shut for our December break that we normally take but we have had so many messages from our customer base asking when we are re opening myself and my husband Scott are going to reopen straight after Christmas Day due to the influx of holiday makers heading in” she said.
Spain and it’s glorious Christmas weather seem’s to be a hit this year giving a great boost to the Spanish economy.