Photo/IllutrationHolidaymakers at the international departure lobby at Haneda Airport in Tokyo’s Ota Ward in the morning on Dec. 28 (Kazuhiro Nagashima)

Narita and Haneda airports were crowded Dec. 28, the last working day of the year for most, as people began heading off to spend the year-end and New Year's holidays overseas.

An estimated 52,000 people will fly out from Narita Airport on Dec. 28, and a further 27,500 people will jet off from Haneda Airport, according to Narita International Airport Corp. and Tokyo International Air Terminal Corp., respectively.

On Dec. 29, at the peak of the exodus, more than 80,000 people are expected to fly abroad from both airports.

A total of around 704,000 people will travel overseas from Dec. 23 to Jan. 3, a record high since they started being counted in 1969, according to major travel company JTB Corp.