People are slowly leaving the house and heading towards the airport. The last few months have seen a sharp rise in check-in and boarding queues at London’s major airports, as people want to beat the rush and make their flight. But with summer fast approaching, the strain is becoming more noticeable. Airports are working hard to ensure every customer has a pleasant flying experience. Here are some essential tips to make the most of your next flight to Northern Ireland!
The earlier you arrive at the airport, the more convenient it will be for you to make your flight. Especially if you are using a low-cost carrier, early birds can enjoy massive discounts. Even if you are using a major airline, you will likely secure a seat in the back of the plane if you arrive early. The earlier you get to the airport, the more relaxed you will feel prior to your flight. In London, the earlier you arrive, the less likely you are to be stuck at the airport for hours. Sometimes the plane’s departure time closely aligns with the arrival time of the previous flight, meaning you will be spending a lot of time at the airport. If you arrive early, you will have plenty of time to get a seat on the plane and ensure you make your flight. Seating on a plane isn’t always convenient, especially if you are flying on a budget, so be sure to arrive as early as possible!
Take A Carry-on
For those traveling on a budget, a lot of the perks of flying come with the inconvenience of checked bags. But if you are in a rush to make your flight, the checked bag will only slow you down. Checking your bag is, in fact, one of the leading causes of delay at London’s major airports. To ensure you make your flight on time, avoid checking any bags and opting for a hand luggage-only flight. This will save you both weight and time, as well as ensure you enjoy your luxury. But if you happen to be carrying a lot of extra baggage, you may find it slow-going at the airport. Finding a parking spot and checking your bag are also two tasks that could be better avoided if you are in a hurry. If you absolutely have to check your bag, use the bag check services at the airport – the staff there will be more than happy to help you! Alternatively, you could rent a van or hire a car to bring your belongings to the airport. Driving your own car is also an option. This will not only ensure you make your flight on time, but also allow you to avoid any hassles at the airport. Using these services will also save you from the unpleasant experience of dragging your heavy bag through the airport. On the subject of bags, remember to also check the dimensions of your entry stamp to avoid any problems at the airport. Sometimes people forget to do this and end up with their bag being returned to them. It’s a tiresome process, so be sure to check and double check before you leave home!
Check Your Boarding And Seating
Flights to London from other countries often get canceled due to low travel demand in the UK, so it’s vital you check the status of your flight before you leave for the airport. Another important thing to check is your seat – be sure to check if the person in front of you is going to leave space for you to sit down or if there is another person in front of you. Avoid sitting in the middle seat – you will only be there for a short while, so make the most of it and find a window seat or an aisle seat. Finding a seat in an airport isn’t always easy, especially if you are traveling during peak times, so be sure to check the rules and regulations for the carrier you are flying with before you fly. For example, some carriers may require you to stay in your assigned seat during the flight, so be sure to check beforehand if this is the case. Also, if you are using a low-cost carrier, you are sometimes assigned a seat in the back – it’s important to remember that some of these carriers operate on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to arrive at the airport early. Backpacks aren’t allowed on the plane, so be sure to check if there is a blanket or seat cushion available to you – many flights still operate with the “3R” strategy (recline, remove tray table, rotate) so you are in for a long flight if you choose to bring your own drinks or snacks. Another thing to consider is whether you want to bring a laptop or other electronic devices on the plane. If you are going to be seated for more than four hours, then you will need to check with the airline whether laptops are allowed or not. Another thing to keep in mind is how you plan on getting from the airport to your final destination. Some travelers opt to take the tube, while others prefer to use a car rental. Taking a taxi is also an option, but this will cost you money and add extra minutes to your travel time. If you take the tube, you will reach your destination within 15 minutes and without any hassles. Another important thing to check when you get to the airport is your gate. Knowing which gate to enter is sometimes difficult, especially if you are unfamiliar with the airport. If you are in a rush, find the nearest gate and enter it – this will save you both time and avoid the hassle of looking for a gate number on a screen. At the end of the day, you will have a more luxurious experience if you arrive at the airport early, bring a carry-on bag and enjoy the perks of flying without any hassles. With these tips, you will have a smooth and luxury travel experience to bring you home to your family and friends. Make sure to keep these tips in mind next time you are flying, and you will make the most of your next trip to Northern Ireland!