Akiestar From Philippines, joined May 2009, 747 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2113 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.?
jetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2440 posts, RR: 4 Reply 2, posted (6 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2087 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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cinja From Singapore, joined Jan 2007, 96 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (6 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2082 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.
777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 11643 posts, RR: 17 Reply 4, posted (6 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1992 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
MIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2512 posts, RR: 25 Reply 5, posted (6 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1985 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.
DesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1424 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (5 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1893 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.
airevents From Germany, joined Jan 2002, 844 posts, RR: 3 Reply 8, posted (5 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1842 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!
Akiestar From Philippines, joined May 2009, 747 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (5 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1829 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.
airevents From Germany, joined Jan 2002, 844 posts, RR: 3 Reply 12, posted (5 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1774 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.
Akiestar From Philippines, joined May 2009, 747 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (5 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1762 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).
aerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 6728 posts, RR: 13 Reply 14, posted (5 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1676 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.