The age-old question! And we can try to help you but, essentially, it all comes down to how you like to travel.
Some people prefer to be there a few hours before so they can get through security and enjoy a pre-flight refreshment, maybe browse duty-free too, while others like to arrive, go through security and straight to the gate.
The reality this summer is that we’ll all need to factor in some additional time as we are expecting to see queues at peak times.
Things to consider
One of the first things to think about is how you are getting to the airport.
Are you being dropped-off? Are you parking here? Maybe getting the bus or tram?
Your transport mode will have an impact on your journey time here so plan ahead, check with your provider for any route or network issues and allow yourself plenty of time to get to the airport
Next –if you haven’t checked-in online (we recommend you do so if you can) or have luggage that needs to go into the hold then think about when check-in desk opens for your flight.
For instance Virgin Atlantic and Turkish Airlines are among the airlines who open their desks four hours before flight times, while easyJet and Ryanair open at least two hours before departure.
Important – DON’T ARRIVE TOO EARLY!
We know that sounds silly but there’s no point being here at 0400 if your check-in desk opens at 0600 as it only means a longer wait for you and others. Do factor in some additional time but there’s probably no need to be here hours before you have to be!
After check-in it’s time to head to security and we know that’s one of the areas where people become a wee bit flustered, especially if it’s the first time going through for a while.
It’s a really important bit of the whole journey as we need to make sure passengers and staff are safe so the checks we carry out are absolutely crucial – but we can help you prepare for security, which in turn means you help us keep queues to a minimum!
A lot of the rules have been in place for a long time but just remind yourself of them before you get here so you are ready.
And last but not least – thank you for your patience and understanding, and for being kind to our staff who are all working incredibly hard.
We know it might be frustrating at times but this is the first time in three years we will have seen such a big number of people at the airport and we’re doing all we can to help.
We know you are doing your bit too, so let’s work together to make it as smooth as possible!