When do I need to be at airport?

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When do I need to be at airport?

Post by chalky on Tue 14 Jul 2009 - 21:38

Just to clarify, am I right in assumming that we no longer have to be at the airport the standard two hours before the outbound or inbound flights as we have already checked in online? What time do you seasoned Ryanair passengers recommend to allow for arriving at the airport before departure time? Thankyou in advance,
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Re: When do I need to be at airport?

Post by atoutprix on Wed 15 Jul 2009 - 10:50

The gates closes 30 minutes before departure time.
You just have to be at the departure gate in time.
When do you arrive at the airport ?
It all depends on :
- the airport : large, small ...
- the time : rush hour, holiday time, ... or not
- how far from the FR terminal you arrive with the car/coach/train/metro ...
- if you have hold baggage or not
In small airports like Charleroi for instance, I like to arrive at the airport about one hour before departure time (having no hold luggage), it gives me plenty of time, no hurry, no stress .
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Re: When do I need to be at airport?

Post by amnesia on Wed 15 Jul 2009 - 13:07

My point is:
- if you don't know the airport you are departing from - try to have some safe period of time - just in case. Everything may happen, rush hours, traffic jam at the city, problems with your baggage (metal items, wieght, etc.), or even you may lost yourself at the terminal!
- if you know the airport very well - you decide how much time might you need to do all things. At my homebase I'm ussualy waiting outside because of better comfort. I know places where I may see arriving planes. If my one is on final approach - I'm just going thru security and that's it.
But finally make sure you will be at least 40 minutes before your departure in front of gate. At some airports you may spend this time just standing and be boarded even after scheduled departure time. But in others they may start boarding a lot earlier. Remember, this is company's rule and they don't care at all if you'll be late!
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Re: When do I need to be at airport?

Post by ryr-nick-fr on Wed 15 Jul 2009 - 21:04

I always arrive at the airport with plenty of time, sometimes it is hours waiting. But I don't want to miss my flight, even if I have to wait - it is better than being late!

It takes me (at Stansted) about 10 to 30 minutes to drop the bag, about 10-20 in security. And then I like to have at least 2 hours in the deparature lounge.
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Re: When do I need to be at airport?

Post by chalky on Wed 15 Jul 2009 - 23:30

thanks everyone for all your advice I've flown from this particular airport once before (Prestwick) it's pretty small so don't really want to be hanging around too long just thinking if we go to the departure lounge an hour before flight departure should be ample time,thanks again, Chalky Very Happy
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Re: When do I need to be at airport?

Post by amnesia on Thu 16 Jul 2009 - 10:24

An hour should be ok :-)
Have a nice flight my friend!
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Re: When do I need to be at airport?

Post by ryr-nick-fr on Thu 16 Jul 2009 - 11:22

There isn't much to do in Prestwick! So 1 hour would definietly be sufficient!
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