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Published Apr 11, 2022

We won’t hide from the fact there's probably going to be queues in the airport this summer, and that will maybe include at the check in desks.

While we know it’s probably not what you want to hear, it’s best to be honest with you as we work to meet the surge in demand for air travel. We know handling agents are trying to recruit to meet that demand, but it takes time.

In the meantime, we’re asking you to work with us in a few different ways to help keep those queues as short as possible. Prepare for security, know what you can and can’t take in hand luggage and arrive at the airport in good time.

We appreciate a common frustration among passengers can be not knowing exactly how long before flying to arrive, so we thought we’d share check-in desk opening times to help you plan ahead.

For instance Virgin Atlantic and Turkish Airlines are among the airlines who open their desks four hours before flight times, while easyJet and Ryanair desks are open at least two hours before departure.

We’d always suggest you check-in online where possible, but if you’re dropping bags off these are the times you need to know about.

*please note times can vary and are subject to change

Airlines A-E

AirlineOpensCloses
Aegean Air3 hours before40 minutes before
Aer Lingus2.5 hours before40 minutes before
Air Baltic2 hours before40 minutes before
Air CanadaTBCTBC
Air France2.5 hours before40 minutes before
Atlantic Airways2 hours before40 minutes before
Balkan Holidays2 hours before40 minutes before
British Airways3 hours before45 minutes before
Brussels Airlines2 hours before40 minutes before
Delta Airlines3 hours before1 hour before
easyJetat least 2 hours before30 minutes before
Edelweiss Air2.5 hours before40 minutes before
Eurowings2 hours before40 minutes before

Airlines F-R

AirlineOpensCloses
Finnair2.5 hours before40 minutes before
Flyr2.5 hours before45 minutes before
Iberia2 hours before45 minutes before
Jet2.com3 hours before45 minutes before
KLM2.5 hours before40 minutes before
Loganair2 hours before30 minutes before
Lufthansa3 hours before40 minutes before
Norwegian2 hours before45 minutes before
Qatar Airways3 hours before1 hour before
Ryanairat least 2 hours before40 minutes before

Airlines S-W

AirlineOpensCloses
SAS2.5 hours before40 minutes before
SunExpress2.5 hours before45 minutes before
Transavia2.5 hours before40 minutes before
TUI3 hours before45 minutes before
Turkish Airlines4 hours before1 hour before
United Airlines3 hours before1 hour before
Virgin Atlantic4 hours before50 minutes before
Vueling Airlines2 hours before40 minutes before
WestJetTBCTBC
Wizz Air2 hours before40 minutes before