Brits divided over how early you should arrive at the airport

How early should I arrive at the airport? Brits divided over how much time to give themselves before a flight – but most agree THIS is cutting it too fine

  • Finding the right time to arrive at the airport can be a difficult balancing act 
  • A new study by YouGov found that many Brits are willing to be extra prepared

Although flight delays and cancellations have become a routine part of travelling, many Brits still show up hours before ‘just to be on the safe side’. 

Generally, most airlines recommend arriving at the airport at least two hours before a domestic flight, and at least three hours for an international time.

That being said, there are many factors which could throw off your journey, and given the chaotic summer with infuriating traffic and overrun border checks, many have had to dash to the gate. 

According to a study by YouGov, thousands of Brits are willing to be extra prepared before jetting away. 

Revealed: A study by YouGov found that 34 per cent of Brits arrive with two hours to spare

According to a new study thousands of Brits are willing to be extra prepared, giving themselves time to spare before jetting away 

The research found that 34 per cent of Brits arrive exactly on time, with two hours to spare before their flight, leaving them plenty of time to swan around duty free. 

Out of nearly 4000 adults, 15 per cent would give themselves an extra half an hour and arrive 2.5 hours before. 

And, erring on the side of caution, 22 per cent of Brits would give themselves three hours at the airport. 

Figuring out when to arrive at the airport is a balancing act, while most people would agree they wouldn’t want to arrive too late, having too much time at the airport can be unnecessary – and expensive.

Some are bigger risk takers, and 9 per cent of people give themselves 90 minutes are less, with three per cent arriving just an hour before. 

Meanwhile just three per cent of people would give themselves three and a half hours and even less, two per cent, would give themselves any longer.

And, the last thing holidaymakers need is to turn up to the airport to find out they can’t board the flight, so Brits should be prepared to know when their passports run out. 

While most people would agree they don’t want a last minute scramble to board their plane, only 5 per cent of people would give themselves over 3 hours at the airport 

Some risk takers only leave themselves 90 minutes or less before a flight, with 3 per cent admitting to giving themselves just an hour

With UK passports lasting 10 years after issue, many Brits would assume they’re all set for your dream holiday – however this isn’t always the case. 

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Thankfully, the YouGov study found that most people are aware of the year their passport runs out, 33 per cent, and many more are aware of the exact month their passport expires. 

However, a shocking 31 per cent admitted to not knowing the date, or even the year, their passport runs out.   

But, in some places, your passport doesn’t have to be expired for you to be banned from going on holiday and some countries require your passport to still be valid for a further three or even six months at the time of your trip. 

Despite this, the study found that 84 per cent of Brits are in the know and, only 16 per cent admitted to being unaware, including 34 per cent of 12 to 24 year olds. 

The study comes after last months chaotic weekend which saw two million holidaymakers jet off abroad. 

During busier seasons, many airlines advise passengers to give themselves plenty of time to avoid delay. 

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