Flight connections are a fact of life and airline business models are built on the hub and spoke concept. When searching for flights online, usually the one with the longest layover is the cheapest.
Since people like to get where they are going as quickly as possible, the flights with short connections are more popular and therefore more expensive. After all, who likes sitting around in an airport terminal for fun?
Is This The Longest Layover?
In today’s topsy-turvy world, nothing is the same when comes to booking airline tickets. The new regime involves being patient as your flight bookings are cancelled and retimed, seemingly ad nauseum.
Qatar Airways switched some of my flights around for a forthcoming trip. This is no problem at all, however the fun thing is that this becomes my longest layover ever. Clocking in at 20 hours and 15 minutes, it will be quite a while in Doha Hamad International Airport.
Overnight Layovers In Airports
Twice in my life I have spent the night overnight in an airport. The first was in Los Angeles during a little mileage run, where I landed at LAX in the late evening and had a morning flight out. Not a lot of fun, as it was cold and dimly lit.
A better experience was in Stockholm Arlanda Airport last year. They have a 24 hour 7-11 open all night, plus there the lighting and heating is on, so I happily wiled away the hours listening to music between flights.
With a new longest layover coming up, it will be something of an experience. I would usually consider four hours plus quite long, with 2 to 3 hours being the norm. It’s rare that I select an extremely short connection, such as the 45 minute ones offered in Amsterdam by KLM. I find that’s just asking for something to go wrong.
So, what is the longest layover you’ve experienced? Did you hit up an airport transit hotel or spend it in the terminal? Maybe that became a very long lounge visit? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
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