SUN-SEEKERS should fly out the UK on a Friday to secure the cheapest fares, according to new research.

Bosses at travel fare aggregator Skyscanner also say people should book flights online on a Sunday to secure the best value deals.

Lisa Tyndall, senior growth manager at Skyscanner said: “With the busiest month for flight bookings underway we wanted to crunch our latest data to uncover flight insights that could help travellers find the best deals in 2019.

"There is evidence that suggests Friday is the cheapest day of the week for travellers to fly out of the UK and Sunday is the most expensive day to fly out of the UK.

"Switching their flight departure date from a Sunday to a Friday could save travellers 21 per cent. Travellers should also consider flying out of a different airport nearby to save money, for example a family of four could save over £500 by switching to a different departure airport that’s not much further away.”

There are also a host of destinations which have seen average flight prices drop by up to 28 per cent.

Travellers looking to travel to long haul destinations such as sunny California could save 11 per cent off average flight prices, whereas those looking for sunnier climes closer to home could again save 11 per cent on average flight prices to Malta.

Last year, Saturday December 21 was the busiest day of the year for outbound flights from the UK.

Skyscanner say Fridays are typically the busiest days for travel, while Sundays are the quietest.

They also say Wednesday tends to be the most expensive days to book a flight.