e38 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 370 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4584 times:
YankeesFan, for long flights (i.e. greater than about 6 or 7 hours), I prefer either a direct flight--with an enroute stop--or a connecting flight.
I have been on a few long flights--around 10 or 12 hours--and to be honest, after about 6 or 7 hours in flight, I start getting very uncomfortable and would really enjoy landing, getting off the airplane for a while so I can go inside the terminal building and stretch my legs, get some fresh air, etc., but of course, the drawback--especially with a connecting flight--is the possibility of missing a connection, or having the second flight cancel.
I guess the answer is--while I would prefer a direct or connecting flight, if there is a nonstop available (assuming the fare is the same), I would probably go ahead and book it to avoid the stress of getting stuck at the connecting city.
My travel is generally dictated by the lowest fare--not scheduled departure/arrival times, aircraft type, or whether there is an enroute stop
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25999 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4524 times:
Quoting AlnessW (Reply 5): I always prefer connections. I want to be able to walk around, experience a new airport terminal, use the restroom, take some pictures, maybe grab a bite to eat, etc.
The problem these days is that so many things can go wrong and every additional stop multiplies the chances that something will go wrong -- delays, misconnections, checked bags going astray etc. And any connection is going to add at least 2 hours, often more, to the elapsed time on a longhaul trip. I think most people would rather get to their destination as quickly as possible.
When I used to fly 4 or 5 times a year from YVR (and for a few years from YYC) to Europe on business, when I had to connect at YYZ or YUL, especially on the westbound trip, I always used to think that, had I been able to use a nonstop flight, I would have been arriving home just about the time the connecting flight was taking off from YYZ/YUL, with another 5 hours or so to go.
Connections also increase the airport taxes/fees, sometimes quite significantly.