Robin Hood Airport is gearing up for the big Christmas and New Year getaway with around 18,000 passengers expected to pass through over the holiday period.
Meanwhile East Coast trains have advised customers to plan ahead for Christmas and New Year travel, because of revised timetables and engineering work.
The message is especially important for those travelling between Christmas and New Year, as services on Friday, December 27, will be significantly affected by essential improvement work at Peterborough station.
There are 14 destinations on offer from Robin Hood Airport over December, taking passengers to a mix of winter sun Mediterranean and Canary resorts, skiing holidays in Italy and city breaks to Gdansk, Katowice, Poznan, Warsaw, Wroclaw and Vilnius.
To ensure a smooth send off over the festive season, Airport Management are reminding all passengers of the security restrictions that still apply, and are urging passengers to think carefully about what items they are intending to pack in hand luggage – especially those who are travelling with presents for friends and relatives.
Airport managing director Steve Gill said: “To keep queuing times to a minimum we’re asking passengers to come prepared and to think about what they are carrying in their hand luggage.
“We want all our passengers to enjoy the start of their journey particularly at this time of year and with a bit of forward planning we hope passengers will get their Christmas holidays off to a great start.”
East Coast will be operating a revised timetable from today until Thursday, January 2, with no trains on Christmas Day or Boxing Day – and timetable changes will also be in place to cater for additional demand at busy times and to allow for the improvement works.
Network Rail will complete work on new platforms, track and signalling at Peterborough between Wednesday and Friday this week. While the improvement works are being completed on Friday, the main line will be closed between Grantham and Huntingdon, with replacement coach services.
East Coast is advising passengers to plan ahead and defer travel to an alternative day if possible. Additional services will be operating on Saturday to help cater for additional demand.