|Quoting AlnessW (Reply 5):|
I always prefer connections. I want to be able to walk around, experience a new airport terminal, use the restroom, take some pictures, maybe grab a bite to eat, etc.
The problem these days is that so many things can go wrong and every additional stop multiplies the chances that something will go wrong -- delays, misconnections, checked bags going astray etc. And any connection is going to add at least 2 hours, often more, to the elapsed time on a longhaul trip. I think most people would rather get to their destination as quickly as possible.
When I used to fly 4 or 5 times a year from YVR
(and for a few years from YYC
) to Europe on business, when I had to connect at YYZ
, especially on the westbound trip, I always used to think that, had I been able to use a nonstop flight, I would have been arriving home just about the time the connecting flight was taking off from YYZ
, with another 5 hours or so to go.
Connections also increase the airport taxes/fees, sometimes quite significantly.