Increasing numbers of Brits will have booked domestic flights this year thanks to the ‘staycation’ trend.
Figures published by VisitEngland revealed that the number of domestic trips taken by Brits between June and August increased by 22 percent compared to the same period last year.
The majority of these headed to one of England’s seaside destinations, with resorts recording a 24 percent increase in visitor numbers this summer compared to summer 2008.
VisitEngland chief executive James Berresford said that the staycation "has reigned over the course of 2009".
"With people tightening their belts and forgoing overseas travel for a break at home, the staycation stopped being about ‘staying in your house and your own garden’ and became all about getting out there and enjoying the best of England," he commented.
Many popular domestic flights operate within the UK, including those to Newquay in Cornwall, while Exeter and Bournemouth are also well served by regional airports.
A VisitEngland poll published last month revealed that nearly three quarters of adults (72 percent) are likely to holiday in England at some point next year.