OK so I'm a dinosaur and usually check in in person at the airport.
Anyhhooo I'm due to take a domestic flight near Christmas and am getting a bus to the airport. I have to check in 2 hours before the flight, but if I do that online, can I arrive at the airport 90 mins before the flight?
Don't think I've arrived more than an hour before a domestic or European flight in years I usually check in online, hand luggage only, through security and straight to gate. Can't be doing with hanging round any longer than absolutely necessary.
I had a recent horrendous experience of being extremely late and thinking I'd miss my flight due to miscalculation and not having enough time after bag drop. I would make sure now to get to airport 1.5 hours before boarding gate closes to check bag in then proceed straight through security and find out boarding gate location as soon as available then head there for when it opens. Believe me a bit of waiting around is far more desirable than running to your gate and nearly missing your plane
Viserion we usually fly from Manchester. BonnieF is right. At busy times you need at least a couple of hours because it takes so long to get through security regardless of whether it is a domestic flight or one to the US.
Your advice is very dependent on which airport you fly from.
I am usually flying from Heathrow, which I think is the busiest airport in Europe. I know I should allow more than an hour, hence the . And one day I may get caught out, but in 15 years of business travel, it hasn't happened yet. --it's bound to happen next time, now I have said that-+
Isn't Heathrow the busiest in the World? Do you travel business class?
When DH travelled business class going through security was much quicker. We travel cattle class and queue for ages through security at Manchester at busy times. DD is still at school so we can't avoid school holidays just yet.
Flew yesterday hand luggage only. Checked in on line. Arrived at security 40 mins before flight. I’m with Viserion, fly every week have not arrived more than an hour before when not checking in luggage for many years.
Celtie I did same as you. Arrived 40 mins before gate shut and I kid you not we nearly missed the flight due to the subsequent queues and hold ups. The difference being that I went during school half term whereas you didn't.
OP if you're getting to airport during a school holiday you need 1.5 hours MINIMUM. More really though for peace of mind. If flying during school time you're laughing