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How Would You Spend Your (Long) Layover?  
User currently offlineAkiestar From Philippines, joined May 2009, 790 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3364 times:

Hi guys. I figured that since I have a very long layover coming up, I'd like to ask the rest of you on A.net you would spend your long layover (more than 4-5 hours), if you had one. Will you stay in the airport, go into town, planespot, etc.? 

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User currently offlinemesaflyguy From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 3349 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3348 times:
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For me, it all depends on the time of day and airport layout.

I would find a good place to grab a bite to eat and go planespotting for the majority of the time, and then head over to the gate and relax a little before boarding.



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User currently offlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2844 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3338 times:
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The Skydeck at the new DL JFK terminal! My stepfather flew out of JFK on Saturday and sent me a picture. Looks awesome! He said it was nice to be outside before spending 12 hours in a 747. My back up would be the Skyclub in MSP. I know there is nothing extravagant about it, but MSP is like my home away from home. Love the airport and the skyclub is a nice play to chill out, do some studying, eat a couple snacks, and get ready for the next leg!
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User currently offlinecinja From Singapore, joined Jan 2007, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3333 times:

Agreed that much depends on the length of the layover and the airport. Anything less than 5 hours, I would just stay in the airport and explore, but I am one of those rare cases that actually love being in airports, especially those with observation decks. I often schedule connecting flights with a 3-4 hour layover so I can relax watching the movements before boarding the second leg.

When the layover is longer, then I would consider options in the city, particularly if there was a good public transit connection. For example, if you were in ATL for 12 hours, you could get downtown fairly quickly and do some touring or maybe see a Braves game if the schedule was agreeable.

In August, I have a 10-hour layover at LAX as part of my move from Singapore to New York. In that case, I will pay for a day-use hotel (which has a free shuttle) to freshen up and grab a nap, before heading over to In-N-Out for a Double Double and a bit of spotting, returning to the airport a couple of hours before departure.


User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12341 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3243 times:
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All of my long lay overs (8-10 hours) have been at LAX. I always go to the park beside In n Out and just lie down and relax while watching the planes fly over for a few hours till it starts getting dark. Once the sun goes down I head back to my next departing terminal and explore/walk around the terminal.

This time (Saturday) I'm staying the night in an airport hotel before flying to Miami via DEN and IAH with a B787 sector on Sunday. Either head into town or just walk along a near by beach this time


User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2853 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3236 times:

I have an upcoming BCN-DOH-SIN flight for August and it includes an 8 hr layover in DOH (Darn those cheap tickets) and since the layover is during the night there is no point on heading into Doha, so I will shell out 45$ and enter the Oryx Lounge for a shower and a more comfortable wait.

On the way back I have a more bog standard 2hr layover.

Other times I had layovers they have been very short so I stayed and explored the airport (ATL, EWR, MUC) except one time when I had like a 5 hour layover in ZRH and popped into the city for a quick look thanks to the wonderful train services.

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User currently offlineDesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1481 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3144 times:

When I had a long layover in AMS after a long flight from California on KLM, I rented a wonderful bathroom to shave and shower...I was tired but refreshed, took some exercise walking around the airport, ate a great meal, had some Dutch coffee and I was ready for the next flight.

User currently offlineAkiestar From Philippines, joined May 2009, 790 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3131 times:

Quoting DesertAir (Reply 6):
I rented a wonderful bathroom to shave and shower

Is this in a lounge? o_____O

If it isn't, I'd like to know where this bathroom is! 


User currently offlineairevents From Germany, joined Jan 2002, 894 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3093 times:

Akiestar, it would be interesting to hear where you get to spend your layover. It depends a lot on the airport that you are transiting through. If you let us know the airport, I am sure you will get many more answers!


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User currently offline747m8te From Australia, joined Aug 2008, 456 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3092 times:

Go and relax in the airline lounge, with a few glasses of wine and nibbles, a good book or a dvd and im all set   ...and planespotting inbetween if the lounge has a good view  


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User currently offlineAkiestar From Philippines, joined May 2009, 790 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3080 times:

Quoting airevents (Reply 8):
Akiestar, it would be interesting to hear where you get to spend your layover. It depends a lot on the airport that you are transiting through. If you let us know the airport, I am sure you will get many more answers!

I have quite a few: my most recent one will be NGO this Sunday, and if you have suggestions I am more than open.  (I have a thread on it on FlyerTalk: visit here.)

I can share some of my own layover experiences though:

*LIN-AMS-TPE-MNL (last April): six-hour layover in AMS; visited Leiden and met a friend for lunch

*LIS-MAD-FRA-WAW (April last year): five-hour layover in MAD; slept in the airport as it was late at night

*JFK-FCO-VIE-WAW (February last year): eight-hour layover in FCO; visited the Vatican, saw the city, got my phone stolen on my way back to the airport

*MNL-AMS-OTP-TLV v/v (August 2011): six-hour layover in OTP outbound, five-hour layover in AMS inbound; slept in the airport as it was late at night

For layovers less than four hours (I've done three-hour layovers in PEK, CDG, CPH, DUS, AMS, FRA, MUC and DTW), I just look around the airport, get a quick bite to eat, and take photos of planes.  

[Edited 2013-06-10 11:02:26]

User currently offlineDesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1481 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3067 times:

Quoting Akiestar (Reply 7):
If it isn't, I'd like to know where this bathroom is! 

If I remember correctly it was in Concorse C. It was the best $20 I have spent. It was not a lounge but open to all.


User currently offlineairevents From Germany, joined Jan 2002, 894 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3025 times:

Well NGO is quite a long drive from the city, about an hour´s drive. Then downtown Nagoya is not really that spectacular. I would spend some time on the fantastic observation deck that they have in NGO and try to get a hold of some yummy Japanese food. That should keep you busy. I enjoyed the observation deck there tremendously.


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User currently offlineAkiestar From Philippines, joined May 2009, 790 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3013 times:

Quoting airevents (Reply 12):
Well NGO is quite a long drive from the city, about an hour´s drive. Then downtown Nagoya is not really that spectacular. I would spend some time on the fantastic observation deck that they have in NGO and try to get a hold of some yummy Japanese food. That should keep you busy. I enjoyed the observation deck there tremendously.

My layover in NGO is nine hours. No way am I staying in the airport.  

I'm planning to see Inuyama Castle, take a peek around the city, get something to eat and do some shopping (including some green tea Kit-Kat and additional iTunes credit).


User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7396 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2927 times:

If flying on Star on outbound, I go to the gold lounge.If not, I sit watching planes from terminal, or indeed from a decent outdoor spot of near the terminal. I've slept in terminals in every continent as well but now I usually aim for long day time transfers.

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