8th Feb 2019
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Why you should be on an early morning flight

Travel is fun, until you’re stuck in an airport waiting seemingly endless hours for delayed or eventually cancelled flights.

But there is a way to radically lower your risk of experiencing these frustrating delays: catch an early flight.

According to research from FiveThirtyEight, an early flight is less likely to be delayed or cancelled. The data reveals that it’s best to leave before 8am. After that, delay times worsen and peak at around 6pm.

An article on Forbes explains how air traffic is less congested in the mornings, so planes have more ‘airspace’ and air traffic controllers are less likely to have to delayed departures and landings.

Early morning flights are also less prone to turbulence, says the National Severe Storms Laboratory, and airports are relatively less crowded in the morning hours and, according to FareCompare, airlines usually sell their first flight of the morning cheaper than those later in the day.

Seems an ideal formula for hassle-free, cheap flight to me!

Read more at T&L.

At what time do you typically book your flights?

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    SuziJ
    9th Feb 2019
    11:08am
    Never! I'd rather have some of the day under my belt than have to try to get to a major airport so early in the morning. I'd prefer not to stay near either Sydney or Melbourne airports.

    Having to travel at least an hour by air to both Sydney & Melbourne airports prior to departure means that I could never leave on an early flight.

    As a matter of fact, I'd rather drive to the South Coast & travel by train to Sydney airport and catch a 'direct' flight in the afternoon than get an early plane and have 2 stops and lots more time in the air. I'd rather leave later in the day and have 23 hours and 15 minutes in the air than leave earlier and have 30 hours and 15 minutes before arrival - that's 7 hours more! Which one would you prefer?
    I can remember when
    9th Feb 2019
    11:48am
    There is no way air traffic is less congested in the mornings. Around an hour either side of 8am is rush hour. Also Melbourne and Canberra and to a lesser degree Sydney, morning fog is a big problem.

    The other aspect of this is that the advice says that if you get up earlier than normal you will get tired much earlier, so it can ruin your afternoon if you wake an hour or two before normal.
    MICK
    9th Feb 2019
    1:40pm
    I agree with you on this one Leon.
    It is less congested but the best time of departure is normally dependent on where you are flying. If half way around the planet then you want to arrive before midday if possible in case you have problems with transfers when you arrive. We also always want to go to the shops to buy our groceries even though we are out on our feet. Nothing worse than waking up with no food.
    trood
    10th Feb 2019
    12:52pm
    Not being a morning person I have no interest in catching anything much before lunch when not fully functioning
    Blossom
    10th Feb 2019
    1:11pm
    In Winter and Spring you are a lot more likely to be held up by fog at Adelaide Airport.
    Blossom
    10th Feb 2019
    1:11pm
    In Winter and Spring you are a lot more likely to be held up by fog at Adelaide Airport.
    Charlie
    10th Feb 2019
    1:57pm
    You crash at night, nobody find you
    Charlie
    10th Feb 2019
    1:57pm
    You crash at night, nobody find you


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