The decline in the number of Brits booking flights abroad continued between June and August, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed.
There was a three percent seasonally adjusted fall compared to the previous three months, while the non-seasonally adjusted figures for the 12 months to August were down by 13 per cent compared to a year earlier.
"During June to August 2009, the seasonally adjusted number of visits abroad by UK residents decreased by three percent to 14.6 million, while the associated spending decreased by four percent to £7.5 billion," an ONS statement said.
There was some good news however, after it was revealed that visits to the UK by overseas travellers increased by three percent during the summer compared to the previous three months.
Despite this, passenger numbers were still ten percent lower for the 12 months to August compared with a year earlier.
The ONS announced in July that the seasonally adjusted number of visits to the UK increased by three percent between March and May this year.