Scotland business

Barrhead Travel reports surge in sales

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Image caption Barrhead said bookings for long-haul destinations rose by 40% year-on-year

Holiday firm Barrhead Travel has reported a surge in sales, following poor weather over the winter months.

The Glasgow-based company said sales leapt by £14m (29%) in the first quarter, compared with the same period last year.

Between January and March, bookings for long-haul destinations grew by 40% while cruise bookings also rose sharply.

Barrhead said travellers had been keen to put the winter behind them.

Chief executive Sharon Munro said: "Scottish holidaymakers have been flocking in their droves to book a summer getaway following the poor weather over the winter months.

"January to March is always a busy time for us, however, this year we've enjoyed an exceptional response from travellers looking to jet off to foreign shores.

"Our Barrhead Travel BA charter flights have been a huge success since we launched them four years ago and as a result we've expanded the routes every year since.

"Through the direct flights we've been able to offer new links to popular cruise departure points like Majorca and Venice - which we doubled this year."

She added: "Long-haul bookings are also always popular and this year, with increased capacity through our suppliers, we've been able to offer new routes through Glasgow and Edinburgh - giving travellers more options than ever."

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