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Brits ‘turning to trains for overseas travel’

Britain’s holidaymakers are passing up airports in favour of travelling abroad by train, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Figures from the British Airports Authority (BAA) show that, last month, four of its seven UK airports operated fewer flights than they did in March last year.

This follows several years of steady increases, the report adds – and comes despite a traditionally flights-boosting early Easter.

“The figures have not been materially inflated by the earlier Easter this year,” a BAA spokesman claimed.

“Although the Bank Holidays occurred in March, it is expected that the bulk of the travel associated with Easter will coincide with the school holidays which, in most of the country, fall in April.”

Meanwhile, international train operator Eurostar posted an impressive 21 per cent year-on-year rise in passenger numbers for the past three months.

Nearly 2.2 million passengers were found to have travelled the Chunnel from January to March.

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