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Air passengers heading for the sun and snow.

THE great Christmas getaway is gearing up and Liverpool John Lennon airport expects its busiest period so far.

Corporate affairs manager Robin Tudor said one plane of sun seekers is even heading out of Merseyside on Christmas Day.

``We'rea 365-day-a-year airport but we normally shut down for a time on Christmas Day. Not this year, though,'' he said. A MyTravel flight to Lanzarote will be jetting off mid-afternoon on Christmas Day.

Airport chiefs expect to handle about 60,000 passengers between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day.

That is slightly up on last year.

With current weather forecasts predicting a ``green'' Christmas for Liverpool and the UK,one of the most popular destinations out of the city, again, is the easyJet route to Geneva, Mr Tudor said.

``There are plenty of people heading off for winter sun in places like Alicante,Majorca and Malaga, but Geneva is very popular for the skiing.''

A record 1.8million people are expected to flee the UK this holiday period.

Thousands of people were clogging roads yesterday at the start of what, for some, will be a two-weekbreak.

Motoring organisation the AA reckoned that Christmas Eve and the return-to-work day of January 5 would be the busiest days for traffic.

Weather forecasters predicted that conditions will get colder this weekend, but as Christmas Eve approaches temperatures will begin to rise.

A spokesman said: ``I'm afraid there is no snow predicted for the UK so it is going to be a green Christmas.''


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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 20, 2003
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