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How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Flight

Fri Nov 05, 2004 11:17 am

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.



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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Fri Nov 05, 2004 12:55 pm

i usually shoot for 3 hours before departure, but rarely ever make it  Sad
 
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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Fri Nov 05, 2004 1:10 pm

I usually arrive 3 hours b4 departure, so that I'll have enough time to do some spotting!~  Smile
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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Fri Nov 05, 2004 2:48 pm

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.
 
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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Fri Nov 05, 2004 5:58 pm

about 3 or 4 hours. Need to do the check in stuff and then the eating and then some soptting, and duty free etc...
 
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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Fri Nov 05, 2004 7:13 pm

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)
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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Fri Nov 05, 2004 11:18 pm

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!
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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Fri Nov 05, 2004 11:21 pm

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.
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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Sat Nov 06, 2004 1:35 am

About 30-45 min before the flight at my local airport, but about 1.5 hours before at a larger airport.
 
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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Sat Nov 06, 2004 5:33 am

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.


 
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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Sat Nov 06, 2004 6:06 am

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
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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Sat Nov 06, 2004 9:11 am

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.
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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Sat Nov 06, 2004 9:51 am

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.
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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Sat Nov 06, 2004 10:07 am


About 3.5 hours before my flight leaves.
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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Sat Nov 06, 2004 10:13 am

Usually between 1.5 and 2 hours.
 
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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Sat Nov 06, 2004 3:35 pm

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.
 
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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Sun Nov 07, 2004 8:33 pm

2hrs 30min before an International Departure and
1hr 30min before a Domestic Departure
 
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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Sun Nov 07, 2004 9:42 pm

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..
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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Sun Nov 07, 2004 11:41 pm

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.
 
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Mon Nov 08, 2004 2:59 am

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!
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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Mon Nov 08, 2004 4:31 am

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.

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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Mon Nov 08, 2004 12:04 pm


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

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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Mon Nov 08, 2004 10:02 pm

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.
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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Wed Nov 10, 2004 1:21 am

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.
 
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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Wed Nov 10, 2004 1:38 am

@ PHX - about 1 hour (I work there, I know what I can get away with)
anywhere else - two hours
 
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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Wed Nov 10, 2004 4:55 am

International: 3 hours before departure
Domestic: 1 hour before departure
 
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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Wed Nov 10, 2004 7:08 am

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 get to the gate on time. If I'm checking any luggage during a 'peak period', I try to arrive about 2 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Where possible, I always try to do an on-line check-in before I arrive. In most instances that eliminates waiting in line at the counter.
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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Wed Nov 10, 2004 7:30 am

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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Thu Nov 11, 2004 8:49 pm

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), half an hour.
Other US domestic flights, about an hour.
 
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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Thu Nov 11, 2004 9:41 pm

Usually 2 - 2.5 hours.
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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Fri Nov 12, 2004 9:00 am

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. Domestically, a lot depends on how much luggage I have to check, if I know the airline/airport, if it is business or personal travel. I could spend hours at the airport, like a previous poster, I love just BEING at the airport and watching all the aircraft and such. Too bad most domestic U.S. airports have obliterated any observation posts.
 
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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Fri Nov 12, 2004 9:41 am

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 international flights, between 3-4 hours is the norm for me.
 
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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Fri Nov 12, 2004 4:12 pm

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 seat. A few times when I have had a late afternoon flight or evening flight I have checked-in in the morning, then go and do spotting, walk etc.
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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Fri Nov 12, 2004 9:08 pm

6 Hours Wow!

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 arrive at 17:00, get checked-in, and go home. There I stay, watching TV, on the computer, eating whatever I want to, reminding myself of anything I might've forgotten, resting, etcetera. Then, around 2 hours before the flight's scheduled departure time, or around 21:00 in this case, I drive over to the airport (fortunately it's only a quick 15 mile trip which takes about 20 minutes), get there at around 21:30 (after parking and everything), and only have 1.5 hours to wait. By the time I get through security, they're already boarding. So I just sit and wait for a little while, they call my rows, and I've had a great time waiting for my flight.

Yes, that's right, I arrive 6 hours prior to scheduled departure time to check in for my flight.

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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Sat Nov 13, 2004 2:35 am

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 relax before boarding.

The other reason I do this is the lines for the security check-in. You just never know beforehand how long the line might be. On my most recent flight, my girlfriend and I flew PHX-LAS-PHX this past Sunday and Tuesday. We were fortunate that the lines were not excessively long at Sky Harbor or McCarran. Still, it takes time to remove shoes, dump stuff in the bins and then collect everything on the other end.

As with many of you, I also enjoy watching the aircraft movements, but I also love to watch people. The latter can be quite entertaining.
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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Sat Nov 13, 2004 5:26 am

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, theoretically 16hrs is viable.

This is great if you want to stopover in London having arrived on a red-eye from the US. Can go sightseeing sans luggage or have a meeting before coming back to LHR for BA27 to HKG
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RE: How Early Do U Arrive At The Airport For A Fli

Sun Nov 14, 2004 11:33 am

Usually 2 hours for a local to US flight and for international flight 3 hours  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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