Picture this: you’re rushing in traffic to try to make it to the airport in time for a flight that takes off in less than an hour. You finally get to the airport with 30 minutes to spare, get checked in and check your bags, go through security and run to your gate only to find that you missed final boarding and the doors have closed. It’s truly an awful feeling when you miss your flight, especially if you had plans once you landed – it can really put a damper on all of your travel plans!
It’s no fun missing your flight and having to book a seat on a later flight – coordinating a new flight through airline services can be a nightmare! You could be stuck at the airport for hours before your next flight takes off. To avoid the headache of missing a flight, follow our four tips below to get to the airport on time.
- Organize yourself ahead of time
Maybe you like living on the edge and prefer to pack and organize for your trip at the last minute, but you can’t really take a risk when it comes to airline travel; airlines don’t wait for you! Scurrying to get everything together moments before you have to leave for the airport can result in chaos, failure to pack everything you need and forgetting important documents. You’ll want to make sure you’re fully packed and organized at least a day or two before your flight, ideally sooner if you can. Doing so can ensure you don’t forget your passport (if you’re traveling internationally) and other necessities and will help get you to the airport on time since you won’t be frantically packing at the last minute.
- Plan to get to the airport at least two hours before your flight
There are a lot of things to make time for before your flight: possible traffic delays, finding parking, checking in and checking bags, and of course, the most dreaded, going through airport security. All of these things can take quite a bit of time, especially if you’re traveling during the holidays or summertime. To avoid feeling stressed about time, plan on arriving to the airport two hours before a domestic flight and at least three hours before an international flight. Doing so will give you extra time for everything you need to do before your flight so you can avoid extra stress.
- Stay up-to-date by downloading the airline’s app
Whether you’re flying, be sure to download the airline’s app to stay up-to-date on any delays or cancellations. Flight delays and cancellations are unfortunately relatively common, especially at an international airport. All airline apps are free of charge and will alert you if your particular flight has any updates. Staying up-to-date can help you determine how early you should arrive to the airport so you can avoid missing your flight.
- Book airport car service
When it comes to getting to the airport on time, do everything you can to avoid public transportation like subways and buses. Public transit has a tendency to run behind schedule which can make it hard to catch your flight. You’ll also want to avoid using Uber or Lyft for a number of reasons: lack of extensive commercial insurance, technology and professional training to name a few. To get to the airport safely and with plenty of time to spare, book an airport car service through a chauffeured transportation company.
At Luton Airport Eagle Taxis, our employees undergo extensive screening and training to ensure you receive true first-class service unlike Uber and Lyft who don’t train their drivers. We also invest in the latest technology like our real-time FAA flight tracking and validation so we arrive to the airport on time whether your flight leaves early or is delayed so you’re not left waiting on your ride, again, something that transportation companies like Uber and Lyft don’t provide. Our airport car service is the best offered in London!
Following the tips above can help get you to the airport on time every time, resulting in more pleasant airport travel experiences (who doesn’t want that?). If you have any questions or would like more tips to make airport travel easier, contact us.