Posts: 162
Joined: Mon Nov 22, 1999 9:02 pm

Flying On Christmas Day

Sun May 12, 2002 4:53 pm

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.

Posts: 8159
Joined: Sat Jan 13, 2001 1:27 pm

RE: Flying On Christmas Day

Sun May 12, 2002 6:31 pm

I don't know about Europe to the US,but a few years ago I flew SFO-LHR on Christmas day.

The United flight was on an x Qantas 747-238B - being a 747 and it being Christmas day I thought the flight would be empty.

Boy was I wrong!....not one empty seat!

That was one of my worst flights,lot's of screaming kids etc.


Posts: 387
Joined: Fri Mar 16, 2001 6:50 am

RE: Flying On Christmas Day

Sun May 12, 2002 7:11 pm

Do you get any treats and decorations and other Christmassy things on Christmas Day flights?
Posts: 2847
Joined: Mon Apr 09, 2001 3:16 am

RE: Flying On Christmas Day

Sun May 12, 2002 9:05 pm

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.
Posts: 777
Joined: Mon Sep 03, 2001 11:13 pm

RE: Flying On Christmas Day

Sun May 12, 2002 11:42 pm

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.  Sad

I had the pleasure to be a passenger on this KM Captain's flight to IST in August 2000.

Regards from Malta  Wink/being sarcastic
Posts: 4228
Joined: Sat Jul 15, 2000 2:02 pm

RE: Flying On Christmas Day

Mon May 13, 2002 12:32 am

Not everybody celebrates Christmas on the 24th. When I was in France, the real celebration took place on the night of the 24th with a traditional midnight meal.
Posts: 13021
Joined: Fri Nov 05, 1999 9:21 am

RE: Flying On Christmas Day

Mon May 13, 2002 12:36 am

i flew den-dfw a while ago and it was full....
Go big or go home
Posts: 14938
Joined: Wed May 09, 2001 3:57 am

RE: Flying On Christmas Day

Mon May 13, 2002 12:41 am

Two years ago I have flown on the 25th of December, not to the US but to Spain. The flight was completely booked out and the fare was the highest I have ever paid for a flight from Germany to Spain.

NZ1's mother is a disgusting crack-whore and his father is a worthless alcoholic!
Posts: 412
Joined: Mon Jan 28, 2002 11:22 pm

RE: Flying On Christmas Day

Mon May 13, 2002 10:57 pm

I flew JFK-PHX Christmas Day a couple of years ago and the flight was about 3/4 full.

I know that BA reduce their schedule to only a couple of flights on the 24th and 25th so with a reduced schedule you may have airplanes that are more full.....

User avatar
Posts: 257
Joined: Tue May 15, 2001 12:37 am

RE: Flying On Christmas Day

Mon May 13, 2002 11:51 pm

I'll be flying on Christmas Eve from LHR to HKG on BA's 19:30 flight, therefore it'll be Christmas Day for the large majority of the flight.

Anyone know if BA do anything fancy on their Christmas flights?

Free egg nog?

Next flights: MAN-DXB-BKK-DXB-MAN
Posts: 7714
Joined: Sat Oct 14, 2000 6:13 am

RE: Flying On Christmas Day

Tue May 14, 2002 1:38 am

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.
Posts: 2141
Joined: Tue May 18, 1999 8:02 am

RE: Flying On Christmas Day

Tue May 14, 2002 12:32 pm

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.

Bob Bradley
Richmond, VA
Fly Eastern's Golden Falcon DC-7B

Popular Searches On

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos