Sponsor Message:
Travel Polls & Prefs Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Flight  
User currently offlineCougarAviator From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 349 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I usually like to be there no later than 2 hours before my flight. I'd get there earlier but my wife won't let me.....

I love the sights, sounds, and smells of the airport. And, I obviously love watching the aircraft movements.



[Edited 2004-11-05 03:17:57]

[Edited 2004-11-05 03:18:31]


Failure is not an option.....
36 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineWidgetBoi From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1432 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

i usually shoot for 3 hours before departure, but rarely ever make it  Sad

User currently offlineCathay Pacific From Australia, joined May 2000, 1864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I usually arrive 3 hours b4 departure, so that I'll have enough time to do some spotting!~  Smile


cathay pacific, now you're really flying
User currently offlineORDflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 511 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

If it's an international flight or I'm anxious to do some exploring at the airport I'll usually try to arrive around 4 hours before. Otherwise between 2 and 2.5 hours.

User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7110 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

about 3 or 4 hours. Need to do the check in stuff and then the eating and then some soptting, and duty free etc...

User currently offlineFlyingNanook From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 830 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 4 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)



Semper ubi sub ubi.
User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3713 posts, RR: 28
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 32767 times:

3hrs before the flight!  Wow!

When I am in charge it is 1hr for European flights so can get a bite to eat in the lounge and on internationals probably 90mins.

ex-LHR it depends on when my driver is available to drop me off!

I have read some Concorde trip reports where people turned up 4hrs or 5hrs before the flight......why?? I'd get seriously bored!



"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 32767 times:

more often than not only about 45 minutes before the flight pushes out. only once have i gotten there more than an hour before, that was on my return from SFO.


"...cannot the kingdom of salvation take me home."
User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3638 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

About 30-45 min before the flight at my local airport, but about 1.5 hours before at a larger airport.

User currently offlineIDISA From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 262 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 weeks 17 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.




User currently offlineBritPilot777 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1075 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I usually aim for about 3 hours, no rush at all, take things nice and easy, hell im going on holiday, may as well let it start from when I leave home.

Longest i've done is 6 hours! That was at MCO, made a complete mess of remembering what time my flight was haha  Innocent



Forever Flight
User currently offlineEspion007 From Denmark, joined Dec 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Usually 3 hours. Why? im really anal when it comes to getting to the airport on time

Plus i almost always travel accross the atlantic. If i have a short fly first to a more major hub (why do all the airlines skip over IAD), sometimes i can get on an earlier flight.



Snakes on a Plane!
User currently offlineAlcregular From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 weeks 13 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.

User currently offline767-332ER From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2030 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:


About 3.5 hours before my flight leaves.



Twinjets...if one fails, work the other one twice as hard!!!
User currently offlineBushcheney2004 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Usually between 1.5 and 2 hours.

User currently offlineUSAIRWAYS321 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1848 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I usualy arrive about 2 to 2.5 hours before departure time. Of course, that can vary based on the airport and how busy it is.

User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2893 posts, RR: 18
Reply 16, posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

2hrs 30min before an International Departure and
1hr 30min before a Domestic Departure


User currently offlineZkojh From China, joined Sep 2004, 1722 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour 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..



CZ 787 to AKL can't wait.
User currently offlineShamrock_747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I usually turn up 1-1.5hrs before departure for domestic or European and 2-3hrs before departure for longhaul.

For Concorde I arrived 6 hours before departure and didn't get bored at all, there was such an exciting atmosphere in the lounge before the flight.


User currently offlineLamedianaranja From Venezuela, joined Nov 2004, 1246 posts, RR: 20
Reply 19, posted (10 years 2 weeks 5 days 20 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!


I wish that all skies were orange and blue!!
User currently offlineCactus739 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2449 posts, RR: 31
Reply 20, posted (10 years 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

wow,....3 and 4 hours? I wish I had that kind of spare time.

It really depends where I'm at. If I'm in Kansas City, one hour. Phoenix, 1.5 to 2 hours. Seattle, at least 2 hours.

I couldn't imaging getting there 4 hours early.




You can't fix stupid.... - Ron White
User currently offlineSkysurfer From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 1136 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (10 years 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours 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.  Sad

Cheers



In the dark you can't see ugly, but you can feel fat
User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (10 years 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:

Depends if I have a seat assignment or better still, check in online. If either of those, then an hour before is usually ample. Otherwise 2 hours.

User currently offlineLtbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13170 posts, RR: 15
Reply 23, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 22 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.

User currently offlineKC7MMI From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 854 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

@ PHX - about 1 hour (I work there, I know what I can get away with)
anywhere else - two hours


25 RCS763av : International: 3 hours before departure Domestic: 1 hour before departure
26 PHLBOS : I usually try to arrive 1 1/2 hours before scheduled departure time. Even when there have been long security lines at PHL; I find that I can can still
27 Bahadir : 30-45 mins ................................ ........................................................................ .................................
28 Speedbudgie : For most international flights, a minimum of 1.5 hours in the US, 2.5 hours at LHR. For US domestic flights (with Continental Elite and no luggage), h
29 MerC : Usually 2 - 2.5 hours.
30 Jake056 : I usually try to get there one hour on domestic flights and 2 hours on international. If am overseas get there a lot earlier--3 hours at least. Domest
31 PacificWestern : It would depend upon from which airport I'd be departing. For most domestic flights, I'm usually there a maximum of 2 hours beforeflight. On internati
32 777ER : When I fly domestic with NZ, I prefer to check-in about 2-3 hours early. Mostly to avoid the rush of the passengers on the flight and to get a good se
33 Post contains images OB1504 : 6 Hours Yes, believe it or not, some airlines actually let you check in 6 hours before a flight. What I do is, say, my flight leaves at 23:00, I arriv
34 AZjetgeek : Since 9/11, I try to get to the airport at least 2 hours before my flight is scheduled to depart. I hate to be rushed and prefer to have some time to
35 Fbgdavidson : Yes, believe it or not, some airlines actually let you check in 6 hours before a flight BA F you can check-in any time during teh day of the flight, t
36 Post contains images SJUboeingGirl : Usually 2 hours for a local to US flight and for international flight 3 hours
Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
How Early Do You Usually Arrive At The Airport? posted Wed Aug 31 2005 15:14:04 by Zrs70
Do U Enjoy Being At The Airport For Many Hours? posted Wed Nov 9 2005 18:15:49 by AirCanada014
Just For FUN: Overheard At The Airport posted Fri Aug 20 2010 04:35:30 by AV8orWALK
Whats Your Favorite Way To Check In At The Airport posted Fri Apr 22 2011 14:38:47 by jgw787
Upgarde At The Airport With BA posted Sat Jan 29 2011 09:31:06 by abibus
Testing My Jacket At The Airport! posted Thu Nov 4 2010 09:59:45 by gosimeon
Anyone Know How Often People Upgrade At The Gate? posted Thu Jul 22 2010 19:22:09 by LHCVG
Stranded At The Airport posted Fri Apr 11 2008 13:45:05 by Skydoll
How Many Planes Flying At The Same Time? posted Sat Nov 25 2006 14:30:34 by Marcus380
Biggest Pet Peeves At The Airport posted Fri Jul 23 2004 12:15:20 by Canoecarrier