FlyingNanook From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 830 posts, RR: 13 Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
It depends on which airport I'm flying out of. If I'm leaving home (FAI) I'll arrive no more than one hour before the flight. That's because it has never taken me more than 5 minutes to check in and get to the gate. Once at the gate there isn't much to see, unless you like watching Frontier Flying Services' B1900's and the occasional DC-6.
If I'm flying out of LAX, I'll arrive between 1.5 and 2 hours early, depending on what time I'm flying out.
Most other places I'll arrive 2 or more hours early so that I can explore the airport. (I don't often fly out of airports other than LAX and FAI so most airports are new and exciting to me)
IDISA From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 259 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Generally 2 hours before the flight, sometimes before. I do not like to stay in the terminal for a long time and I'm not a duty-free fanatic, most of the time I stay by the windows watching airplanes takin' off and landing.
Alcregular From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Im there usually three hours before. Last year, I was there 4 hours before, but it was early in the morning and England had played Turkey in Sunderland, so I though NCL would have been busy with flights taking supporters back to Turkey, but there was only about 3 people sleeping on the seats. I think I was there before the check-in staff, lol.
Zkojh From China, joined Sep 2004, 1573 posts, RR: 1 Reply 17, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
With me it depends if I'm traveling international or on a domestic run,
on domestic runs I turn up about an 1.30 before a flight and international flights can be anything up to 4 hrs , gives me time to shop till I drop, get lots of excess bags do some plane spotting, and chill out in the business class lounge..
Lamedianaranja From Venezuela, joined Nov 2004, 1246 posts, RR: 22 Reply 19, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
It is really better to get to the airport 4 hours in advance. If there is any problem with your ticket or flight you have time to solve it. You can take an earlier flight, sometimes, or get the better seats. Personally, I love to shop for different stuff and spot aircraft, I'm really nervous too about not getting to the gate in time!
Skysurfer From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 1135 posts, RR: 13 Reply 21, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:
I usually get to the airport 3 hrs before my flight leaves as i like to do some spotting before hand. Once i'm through security i look for where my gate is then go wandering around the terminal to see the aircraft on the apron. I'm usually the person with either my face pressed up against the glass or using my 'scope for more distant viewing. I'm flying UAX YOW - ORD - FAR in december and i'm definately gonna be at the airport early as i have to go through the new US-VISIT screening program. Lovely.
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Ltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12679 posts, RR: 13 Reply 23, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
For a domestic (USA) flight not less than 1 hour, usually try for 1.5-2 hours, although I have cut it to less than one hour in a pinch (Except US/DL DCA-LGA shuttles, then 20 minutes minimum if have no check in bag). For International flights, no less than 2 hours and usually try for 3 hours. I also try for the longer times when not yet assigned a seat, if heavier travel demand times when possibility of long check in lines. In all cases, I try to give enough cushion for parking and transist to the airport terminals (if driving my own car to EWR/LGA), bus or other transit delays/timing of service, return of rental car (if at airport area) and to give enough time if my flight is cancelled to maybe get on an alternative flight, for security checkpoints and to walk around before getting on board.