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Airport delays: how to use transit time

There are factors beyond control when it comes to traveling. 

One of them worth mentioning is flight delays.  

The situation is inconvenient and somewhat frequent, and you can try to avoid it, but you are unable to control it once it occurs.

The main issue of this occurrence is the transit time which might even create a feeling of boredom, even though there are so many things a traveler can do at that time. 

Most people who travel for pleasure like to spend that time leisurely by shopping, taking a walk, or even doing yoga or swimming in the pool nearby if the situation permits them. However, people who travel for business may have different needs.

This blog will give you some ideas on what you can do to “kill” time when your business trip’s flight gets delayed.

What to do with your transit time?

We will provide you with several pieces of advice on how to spend your time during the flight delay if you have plenty of time until the next passenger boarding:

Clear your inbox

You probably usually don’t have time to sit down and scroll through your emails to see which of them are no longer relevant and should be deleted. Now is the perfect time to do some organizing. Once you do it, you will generally feel ‘’lighter,’’ and it will be easier to go through your mail.

Finish some tasks that are still on hold

You probably have tasks that aren’t a priority, but you know you should do them anyway. Use this transit time to finish the tasks you could do tomorrow, next week, or even next month. You will be thanking yourself once you complete it. 

Read a book about your business branch

Since airports usually have bookstores, that is a place you can check to see if it has that business book about a specific topic you have been seeking for months. If that bookstore has your book, you can spend the rest of the transit time reading it and complete another goal that has been put on hold for a while.

Brainstorm for ideas

If you had some ideas recently, now is the time to write them down. Since you’re at the airport, sit down and turn on your laptop. Maybe your business blossoms even more after putting those ideas into practice.  

Answer the emails you really don’t want but have to

It might be a good idea to relieve yourself from the burden of answering some business emails you have been avoiding. Now you have time to answer them, so you can rest easy when you board your flight. 

Do some research

There must be information you need that will take your business to a new level, or you simply want to make a difference and change certain processes in your company. To succeed in that, you will need to research. Use this transit time to do so, and who knows what might result from it.  

Last but not least: recharge your phone or laptop

In this busy and rapidly - evolving world, one can easily forget to recharge the batteries of the devices they use the most. So check your tablet, laptop, or cellphone battery, and if they are at a low level, recharge them while you wait for your flight. 

Why do airport delays even happen, and how to avoid them?

There are numerous reasons why your flight can get delayed.

It could happen because of weather conditions, emergencies, urgent maintenance, baggage loading, etc. 

Employee strikes are another reason for flight delays, in addition to connecting passengers or the airport being understaffed. 

No matter the reason, the truth is that it cannot be avoided. However, there are ways you can try to prevent it from happening to you.

Here are a few: 

  1. Check other flights, carriers, and possibilities; to summarize, check ahead.
  2. If you take an early flight, the possibility of it getting delayed is very low - as the flight delays are often remedied at night.
  3. Take a direct/nonstop flight.
  4. Gather information and call ahead to confirm everything is OK.
  5. Be aware of the passenger's rights so you can be compensated if a delay occurs.
  6. Avoid traveling during very busy traveling periods (holidays and breaks).
  7. Don’t check in your luggage if you expect a delay.

Luckily, even though the flight delay is a situation that cannot be controlled or can only be partially avoided, Travelspot offers you help in these situations, especially in points 1, 4, 5, and 7. You won’t be alone because our agents will be there for you to help you in the best way possible. 

How can Travelspot help you? 

Let’s say your flight gets delayed at the most inconvenient time, or your transit time takes longer than expected; our remarkable customer support agents will find you another flight and reorganize your trip because of the unexpected delay, so you don’t have to waste time wandering around the airport or trying to manage the situation yourself all the while being stressed.

The Travelspot’s team will make your trip a lot easier, so you can relax and count on them. They will help you gather information and explore rebooking possibilities, so you can spend your transit time as you wish, stressing less.

Finishing touch

There are always constructive ways you can fill your time gaps with. In the flight delay situation, there are numerous things to do, even though we only mentioned some of them. It is important to notice that transit time isn’t a waste, and that gives you a lot of time and space to do some tasks you have been delaying for much longer than you can think of. 

That said, with these tips, you can try avoiding another "symptom" of a flight delay, and that is feeling bored during your transit time. 

What do you think? 

If you have any questions or additional eagerness for knowledge about what to do when your flight gets delayed and how we can help, feel free to contact us. 

 We’d love to hear from you!