When should I get to the airport to catch my flight? Checking in an hour and a half before your departure time is recommended by airlines. However, if you can wait until right before your flight is scheduled to leave, this will help you avoid any delays.
In general, the more upstream your flight is, the earlier you should arrive at the airport. This is because there are more things that can go wrong during check-in and security screening that might cause us to run out of time. If your flight isn't too early, we recommend checking in online as soon as possible so you don't have to wait in line when you get to the counter.
If your flight is later than usual, don't worry about waiting until right before it leaves. The check-in counters usually open about 30 minutes before departures, so you should still make it through security and on board without any issues.
We know how important your trip is and we want to do everything we can to ensure that you reach your destination safely. That's why we recommend checking in as early as possible.
Passengers are encouraged to be at the airport two (two) hours before departure to enable time for check-in, security, and arrival at the gate prior to boarding. Airlines advise arriving at the gate at least 45 minutes before departure. However, if you have a connection in another city, it may be possible to make that connection while waiting at the airport.
What if there is no room left on the plane? If there are no seats available on the next flight, you will need to wait until one becomes available. It is recommended to call ahead to find out what options are available with the airline once you know you won't be able to make your connection.
What if my flight has been canceled? If your flight has been canceled due to weather or some other reason, a notice will be posted on the airport's news channel or website. You will need to contact the airline directly to find out what action is taken if you want to be rerouted or given a new flight date/time. In most cases, you can still use the same ticket for another flight within 24 hours.
What if my flight has been delayed? If your flight has been delayed more than an hour and a half, you should arrive at the airport at least 60 minutes before departure to allow time for check-in, security, and boarding.
Check-in time As a general guideline, you should arrive at the airport one or one and a half hours before the flight's departure time. When you arrive, you must enter the queue with your tickets, passports, and other relevant documents. The check-in desk will be located just past the security screening area.
Note That this is just a general guide; so if you have a late flight, you should allow more time to get to the airport. And if you need to leave the airport even earlier, then don't worry about it. Just make sure you're in the check-in queue by the closing time for that particular flight.
The check-in window For most flights within Europe there will be one check-in window of 30 minutes long. However, some larger airlines may have two check-in windows - one at 9am and another at 5pm. So if you are in doubt, check with the airline directly before you travel to avoid disappointment.
If your flight is cancelled due to circumstances beyond the control of the airline (for example, bad weather or a security alert) you will be offered a replacement flight or a refund. You must inform the airline of any change in status within 24 hours of it happening.
How early should I get to the airport for my flight? The majority of airlines recommend that you arrive 90–120 minutes before your planned departure time. If you are checking bags, you must arrive at least 45 minutes before your flight. If you are running late, this will give you enough time to get to the airport.
In addition, the earlier you can leave your home in the morning, the less traffic there will be on the roads out of town. This is especially important if you are traveling during peak hours like between 3:00 and 9:00 AM or from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Finally, consider what time you want to reach the airport. Some flights require you to arrive at check-in close to the scheduled departure time, so making sure you have enough time is important. However, if you plan to check a bag later than the last call for luggage, you may need more time than usual.
The length of time it takes to get to the airport varies depending on how far you are going and how many things keep you busy along the way.