Holidaymakers Using Regional Airports Save Time & Money
Holidaymakers choosing to fly from regional airports rather than big city aviation gateways, are likely to be quids in according to research carried out by Saga holidays.
And they will get to their destination quicker, with less hassle, reduced stress and the unlikely need for an overnight hotel.
According to data from Gov.uk, the average time it takes to travel to a main UK airport via public transport is over an-hour-and-a-half or one hour by car.
However, when Saga looked at these figures compared to how long it would take holidaymakers to travel to their closest regional airport, they found that some travellers could knock off between 30 minutes and 2 hours from their journey time.
Maria Whiteman, Managing Director of Saga Holidays, said: “The time it takes to get to the airport is often a forgotten aspect. However, as we looked into the travel times for our customers it became clear that, for many, these times could be cut quite significantly by us introducing more regional airport departures.”
She said ‘local’ airports also cut travel costs with much cheaper parking and boasted shorter queues at check-in, security and passport control, making for a more pleasant, relaxed journey.
“Not only does this ‘relaxation time’ help holidaymakers get into the mood for their time away, it also enables airports to build their returning consumer base and develop future offerings,” she said.
Maria Whiteman continued: “Whilst many Saga holidays customers have VIP door-to-door travel service to the airport, many tell us that their holiday really begins when they reach the airport, so the sooner they can get there the better.”
Between 2016 and 2017, regional airports saw a 7.1% increase in the number of passengers choosing to fly via their local airport, which goes some way to explain the 2.8% increase in the number of flights from regional airports.
Holidaymakers Using Regional Airports Save Time & Money, 25th February 2018, 8:39 AM