Benidorm chaos as avalanche of boozed up Brits rip up resort this Easter

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Brits have stormed the beaches of Benidorm causing drunken carnage during the first normal Easter break since the outbreak of Covid-19.

Hotels and apartments have been packed out after an "avalanche of tourists" flocked to the popular holiday spot in Spain which has not seen so many holidaymakers since 2019 when the country went into lockdown.

Snaps from the hotspot show tourists soaking up the sun on packed beaches and hitting the booze in the restaurants and bars.

Reports say hotels in the vicinity have reached 90 per cent occupancy – many of which came from last-minute bookings.

Over 100,000 cars with tourists arrived to spend the Easter holidays in Benidorm with airports also being packed out.

Sunbeds are also making a return, with the mayor Toni Pérez saying there will be a maximum "3,500 per day".

The number of rescue and lifeguards is also being increased with five on Levante beach, six on Poniente beach and one on Mal Pas beach between the hours of 10am and 6pm with two ambulances and paramedics on hand.

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The cleaning service will also increase in the area with 21 operators, instead of 13.

A report in the Spanish press said: "After two years in which the restrictions on mobility due to Covid-19 made Holy Week pass without pain or glory, Benidorm has undoubtedly returned in 2022 to be the Benidorm of always.

"The avalanche of tourists arriving from all parts of Spain and other European countries to spend these holidays has filled hotels, tourist apartments and second homes, reaching the records of years prior to the pandemic.

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"Neither the rain on Wednesday nor the strong gusts of wind recorded on Thursday have stopped the tourists who wanted to visit Benidorm and have not hesitated to go out en masse to enjoy the beaches and promenades, as well as the more commercial streets."

The news comes as the UK airports have suffered chaos as an estimated 10,000 flights were expected to take off from UK airports between Good Friday and Easter Monday, which is a 500 per cent increase from last year when flights were affected by coronavirus restrictions.

However, the increased demand and staff shortages have seen airports and airlines struggling to cope as chaos ensued overnight.

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British Airways and EasyJet cancelled dozens of flights at Heathrow and Gatwick airports today (April 15) while other customers faced hour-long waits to get through security at Manchester and Birmingham airports.

Passengers at Terminal 3 at Heathrow were told they would have to move to Terminal 5 to disembark as Terminal 3 was closed.

However, the nightmare only continued further when passengers returning from abroad had trouble getting their belongings back due to a lack of baggage handlers at some airports.

  • Holidays
  • Coronavirus
  • Spain
  • Easter

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