Flights are often the most efficient way to get from A to B. That is, of course, when everything goes to plan. Unfortunately, whether it’s to do with bad weather, technological issues or extraordinary circumstances, passengers often find themselves faced with a hefty delay. Luckily, many busy flight hubs are now well equipped to help travellers entertain themselves while waiting for their departure time.
From restaurants to retail outlets, airports are now offering more amenities than ever before, perfect for travellers seeking a little distraction.
However, it seems that even amongst the amenities on offer, there is one way Britons prefer to pass the time, and it won’t cost them a penny.
New data from Netflights reveals that almost a third of all respondents prefer to spend the time simply walking.
This healthy alternative is a beneficial way to spend the time, particularly for those set to embark on a long-haul flight.
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Meanwhile, it seems eateries are the favourite airport amenity amongst Britons, with 29 percent of respondents saying their favourite way of passing the time was eating.
Travellers also listed reading, shopping and drinking at an airport bar amongst other enjoyed activities.
Unsurprisingly, though, technology also plays a massive part when it comes to distraction tactics.
Out of those surveyed, 19 percent said they spend the extra time playing on phone apps, with 14 percent glued to their social media.
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Meanwhile, travellers also like to spend the extra time catching up on television shows or movies using streaming services.
Andrew Shelton, Netflights MD, commented: “Flying at Christmas, with the prospect of seeing loved ones or creating festive memories somewhere special, should be an exciting experience.
“But so often, whether because of the weather or other reasons, it’s less of a Christmas fairytale and more of a nightmare for many.
“We’d urge people planning to fly this Christmas to study the findings of our Airport Review so they can prepare for the worst if it happens – and enjoy the time before their flights to the maximum if it doesn’t!”
While many delays can not be helped, it seems some UK airports are worse than others when it comes to late departures – particularly over the festive season.
A study based on 2018 flight data from flightstats.com revealed the departure information of 15 UK airports, with some worse than others.
Topping the list for flight delays were both London’s Stansted and Luton airports, with 40 percent of all departures delayed during this time.
At Stansted, out of 6,325 flights, 2,530 were delayed.
Out of 4,057 flights in December at Luton Airport, 1,622 of these were delayed.
Bristol was close behind, with 34 percent of its 2,313 flights taking off later than planned.
London’s two biggest airports – Heathrow and Gatwick – place fourth and fifth.