AirCanada014 From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 1503 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5148 times:
I couldn't find a post about this topic so I thought this would be interesting to get comments from all of you people. When you make a flight connections and they are usually minimum of 4hrs layover or longer how do you entertain yourself at the airport waiting for another flight? I remember my trip to Japan I flew on AC from yyz to ord then 2.5hrs waiting at the airport board JL to NRT then took a bus to Haneda and waited for 5hrs to fly to Okinawa Naha. I was witha group of friend and all we did was sitting at the departure lounge waiting for our late night flight to Okinawa. It gets worse waiting at NRT for our flight to SFO on JL then on AC to YYZ. At NRT we had to wait at least 6hrs for our connecting flight after arriving from Okinawa.
In portugal I had to take the last flight out of Terceira Azores to Lisbon so
I had to sit at the airport all night long from 11:30pm to 8:00am to make my connecting flight to LHR on TAP the next day. I guess I should have stayed at the airport for several hours to kill time?
Don't get me wrong I love being at the airport for certain hours but when it comes to Overnight stay at the airport or chilling for 4-6hrs during the day is no fun unless you have money to spend on something at the airport to entertain yourself hehe
KhenleyDIA From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 425 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5116 times:
Don't mind it, depending on the airport. I had a 10 hour layover a few months back, at LAX. I hung out mostly in the TBIT. Free wireless, great views, good food... Can't complain too much. Now, if I was stuck in an airport like.... ICT, No thanks!
Why sit at home and do nothing when you can travel the world.
Lehovec From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 293 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5113 times:
I used to love being at the airport for hours with or without lounge access...
But then I have became cabin crew and I do try to stay as far away from airport as I can when not working...
Still love flying tough, even on my days off.
TheSorcerer From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 1048 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5109 times:
I don't enjoy it , unless I'm in a lounge(which I can only get in when I'm with my dad, which isn't often) or unless I'm near BDs domestic Gates, I just walk to the end of the pier and there's a great view of one of the runways.
ALITALIA,All Landings In Torino, All Luggage In Athens ;)
NYCAAer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 686 posts, RR: 4 Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 5105 times:
It all depends on what airport it is. I was stuck at Rome's Fiumicino-Leonardo da Vinci for 6 1/2 hours in September because my flight to JFK was delayed due to a late arriving aircraft. Being a company employee, I'm not entitled to any access to the Admirals Club or any other VIP lounge, so I spent the time reading and watching planes take off and land. The planespotting at FCO was pretty good, and the time went by quickly. Even saw an Italian Air Force 707 (or KC-135?) take off. Reminded me of the good old days when 707s and DC-8s were the kings of the skies.
Carduelis From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2001, 1585 posts, RR: 11 Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 5105 times:
If I were you I'd plan my trips better so as to achieve better connections. Unlike some, I hate sitting around at airports, having spent so much time on the ground during my duty trips in the airline business.
Per Ardua ad Astra! ........ Honi Soit Qui Mal y Pense!
StuckInCA From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1846 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 5083 times:
A few years ago I was inside LHR from about 9:30 PM until ~7 am. As a foolish graduate student, I thought saving the money on a hotel room was worth toughing it out. I had no pounds and was therefore unable to even buy anything from a vending machine. Never again. Didn't sleep a wink as they were vacuuming and cleaning. Awful night.
AirCanada014 From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 1503 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 5073 times:
when I planned my trip to Terceira I booked my flight online late because i was checking for cheaper fares each week so when I found one, it was available for last flight out of TER to LIS to LHR. Stayed for several days in LHR then flew home to YYZ. I don't have access to any lounges accept regular lounge for all passengers wait for their boarding time.
B777200 From Zambia, joined Aug 2005, 30 posts, RR: 3 Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 5059 times:
Greetings to All and Sundry,
I enjoy being at an airport waiting for a connecting flight. I usually go to a book store to read a few magazines such as Airways or Flight International. I then try to look for a view of the runway or at least the apron. If the view is good, I can easily loose track of time. I also enjoy watching people go about their activities. The duty free shops usually have interesting things to look at. However, as posted before, it also depends on the airport your lay-over occurs.
GQfluffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 5044 times:
Quoting Kaniksu (Reply 11): SLC ...etc I could would rather not stay at for any amount of time, even with lounge access. I have spent the night in those as well...
Slept behind the NW gate in concourse A. Fun stuff, especially with the cargo a/c taking off every other hour all night long. Oh well... I got bumped up to 1st because the gate agent (she was young...and cute ) felt sorry for me.
KhenleyDIA From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 425 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 5033 times:
Quoting StuckInCA (Reply 12): A few years ago I was inside LHR from about 9:30 PM until ~7 am. As a foolish graduate student, I thought saving the money on a hotel room was worth toughing it out. I had no pounds and was therefore unable to even buy anything from a vending machine. Never again. Didn't sleep a wink as they were vacuuming and cleaning. Awful night.
I did that at IAD in August on my way down to Africa. However, I landed after midnight and had to be in line at 6:00 AM, so it was a bit better then your situation. And there was a place open 24 hours and I also found the vents in the back corners of the terminal to be comfortable enough to sleep some too.
With all that said, I would want to do it again, if I could help it.
Why sit at home and do nothing when you can travel the world.
CrazyHorse From Austria, joined Nov 2005, 328 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4965 times:
I enjoy ever minute, it´s so great to be in a big airport like LHR, SIN or HKG. I love the international flair of this airports, and can I spotting some great aircrafts, which I don´t see on my "home airport".
ERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6696 posts, RR: 18 Reply 23, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4934 times:
I'm like most people.. it depends on the airport. If it is a MAJOR superhub like DFW, ATL, ORD, etc.. where you only see 1 or 2 airlines continuously flying in and out.. I'm ready to go..
But if it is a small hub or non-hub airport where there are a variety of aircraft and liveries flying around, it's all good. I like RDU for that reason. However, I do wish someone would tell airlines to put a top level observation deck for those passengers that do have long layovers so they can actually see the plane movement and not have to run between jetways to look.. I've had that happen a lot of times at RDU, PVD, MIA, MSY.. and other places