Jplenny From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 129 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4360 times:
I have a really wierd question...
How full are the flights from Europe to the US on Christmas day? Just thinking about making a return flight on Christmas from a European vacation and I was wondering if they are less crowded on Christams day compared to other days during the holiday season.
Ndebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2905 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4255 times:
Keep in mind that some people celebrate Christmas on 24th December, some on 25th. Those who celebrate the 25th will be flying home to their families on 24th, those who celebrate the 24th will start their holidays on 25th.
BBADXB From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4219 times:
On Christmas Day, Air Malta does not operate its regular flagship flights to LHR, and neither its 'scheduled' flights to FCO, and (I think) LGW.
I know that there is a very kind US Captain at KM who always asks to be assigned a flight on Christmas Day and he buys presents and distributes them to the passengers on his flight. Last year (2001), on Christmas Day, he was assigned a flight to AMS. It is really a pity that the airline is going to lose such a great man... He's retiring this year.
I had the pleasure to be a passenger on this KM Captain's flight to IST in August 2000.
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4073 times:
Depends on the route, on busy tourist and holiday routes, Christmas Eve and Christmas day can be a circus with packed flights and overbookings. However, on business routes, the planes can be nearly empty, even with a reduced schedule. There is no method to the madness.
One year I flew EWR-BRU on Chistmas Eve with only 24 pax on a 200+ pax aircraft, the following year I flew FLL-EWR-BRU - the flight out of Florida was packed and we left about 30 pax at the gate, the flight on to BRU, which I was expecting to be empty, had about 80% of its seats filled.
L1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1722 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 4025 times:
I flew this past Christmas Day on Northwest DC-9s. My RIC-DTW flight was nearly empty. My DTW-ORD flight was about three quarters full. I was supposed to fly UA ORD-HKG Christmas Day also, but it was delayed due to a cracked windshield until the next morning. That 747-400 was full.