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How Early Should I Get to the Airport?

Updated: Apr 22

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As flying once more becomes a method of travel for many people, you may find yourself booking a flight. Things are a little different these days, so it’s essential that you arrive early enough to go through all the procedures required before getting on the aeroplane.


There are a number of events that may cause delays as you attempt to board your flight. These include:

COVID Testing

Today’s protocols require testing for COVID-19 and some people choose to do this in the airport. If you’re planning to get checked in the airport, be aware that the rapid test may take some time, due to how many people can be processed at once. Be prepared to wait in line for a while, then again while your results are processed.

High Traffic Seasons

Certain times of year are more likely to be busy than others. When more people are travelling, it will take longer to do everything from checking in to going through security. Plan ahead, based on the amount of traffic likely to form. If it’s near a seasonal event such as Christmas, for example, you can expect much longer wait times.

Airport Security

Security may well be one of the areas that slows you down the most. It all depends on how many security risks are ahead of you and whether the line is moving smoothly. There may be delays here, as items are examined in your bags, so be sure to anticipate some extra time in this particular area of the airport.

Getting to the Airport

Of course, you’ll need to factor in the time it takes to travel to the airport, as well. You should aim to arrive two hours in advance for national flights and three hours ahead for international flights but add the travel time to that.


It’s generally best to hire a taxi service for airport trips. The reason for this is that you don’t need to worry about where to put your luggage, which is an issue on public transportation, and you have no need to park a car long term. The taxi can take you directly to the airport and drop you off without any fuss. Taxi drivers also tend to know where the best routes are for avoiding traffic while on the way.


To ensure you are on time to your flight, calculate how much time you require to travel and arrive a few hours ahead of your flight, then arrange a taxi for that time. If you are leaving early in the morning, it may help to call in and arrange a taxi pickup at the correct time in the morning. It may ease your mind to know the car will be there just when you need it.


If you’re looking for a reliable taxi service in Coventry, contact Lewis Taxis today.

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