Thursday, 11 July 2019

5 Top Tips For Easy Air Travel

There is no denying that it sometimes feels that it’s getting increasingly difficult to fly without running into problems or issues, whether there are problems at the terminal, airline, or something personal.

Plus, if you are a nervous flyer, these issues can seem to escalate and make your journey seem worse, increasing your worries and nervousness, so here are a few of our top tips to help ease the stress of travel a little.

1. Get to the Airport Early

Airlines like you to get to the airport early anyway, as it helps them provide a better service for all passengers and helps to ensure that everyone is ready for the flight at the allotted departure time, they typically ask you to arrive two hours early.

All it takes is a problem on the roads around the airport or longer than usual queues at the check-in counter for this two-hour cushion to start to be eroded quickly.

And if you do leave it late to arrive and you end up missing your flight then it’s not usually a simple case of getting you on the next available flight, but a new flight needs to be booked and last minute booking cannot always be guaranteed.

2. Take a Morning Flight.

It’s a fact in the airline industry that there is are usually less flights overnight, and the little bit of slack that this creates allows potentially late flights to catch up meaning that early in the morning flights are less likely to be late.

So if you definitely do not want to be late at your destination then consider a very early morning flight.

3. Try Not to Fly During “Rush Hour”

Just like our roads, airports have rush hours too, these are the times of the day that get the busiest, the lines at check-in are longer, also queues at security check points, restaurants etc. The shops are busy and all the seating in the departure areas are taken. This all makes for more stressful journeys. The QUIETER times are usually from 10am to 13:30 and 7pm to 7:30am.

Travelling at these times will help alleviate the need to stand with the crowds and will help you to start your holiday less stressed.

4. Try to Take Non-Stop Flights

It seems obviously doesn’t it, but when you take a non-stop flight there a much lower risk of the flight been delayed – the process of taking off and landing can be fairly lengthy, so if you avoid doing this twice then you will be better off.

Sometimes when you book a holiday you may be told that there is a stop off on the journey, now if you hate landing and taking off, ask your travel agent to look for flights that are non-stop; they will be able to find some, you may have to pay a little extra, but it can be worth it to reduce your stress levels.

5. Book Connections with Enough Time

If a non-stop flight is not available to a desired destination, make sure to schedule enough time in between connecting flights. When airlines book flights, they often have a layover requirement of 30 or 45 minutes between connections.
However, this is often not enough time if the original flight arrives late, and rushing can increase stress levels. In order to avoid this stress, try to schedule connecting flights with at least an hour to spare between the arrival time of the first flight and the departure time of the connecting flight.

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