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More than three million passengers will pass through Heathrow Airport over the Easter school holidays, as families jet off on sunny breaks and to see loved ones.

Gearing up for a busy week, Heathrow is laying on additional staff, while pre-flight play areas for children will also be established.

Between Friday March 30 and Sunday April 15 the airport expects to handle 3.4 million passengers.

Friday 30 will be the busiest day - 220,000 people will pass through the west London airport. Around 190,100 visit in a normal day. The highest ever number to use the London airport in one day was 233,561 on July 31 last year.

And on Sunday April 15, the airport will see the most arrivals - some 46,000 passengers will descend on Terminal 5 alone.

But unlike the hustle and bustle at Heathrow, the roads may be fairly quiet.

RAC spokeswoman Vicki Burn told the BBC that between the strike by petrol tanker drivers, and unleaded petrol now costing on average, a record high of £1.40 a litre, people could be deterred from driving to see loved ones over Easter - instead choosing air travel for those longer trips.

"People need to be wary and keep an eye on what is happening," she said. "My advice is not to panic-buy petrol, which will make the situation worse."

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