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What Are The Fastest, Slowest Airports To Exit?

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Posted on June 26, 2019
When you just want to get out of the airport and on your way home, here are the places you should travel for the quickest exit time (Photo via Unsplash user Ken Yam)

When you just want to get out of the airport and on your way home, here are the places you should travel for the quickest exit time (Photo via Unsplash user Ken Yam)

BERLIN – Worldwide, a travelers’ median time from a plane’s arrival until they are on their way is 23 minutes after domestic flights and 38 minutes – a 65% increase – after international flights.

Blacklane completed the first worldwide “seat-to-seat” analysis of travel time. The company compared when guests left airplane seats (flights’ arrival times) to the times guests entered its chauffeured vehicles since August. The data comprised hundreds of thousands of flights at hundreds of airports around the world. The findings reveal the:

  • World’s 10 fastest and slowest airports to exit for international arrivals. Luxembourg is the fastest, with a median time of 15.5 minutes. The slowest is Kansai, outside of Osaka, Japan, with a median time of 80.5 minutes.
  • 10 fastest and slowest U.S. airports to exit for international and domestic arrivals. For international arrivals, LaGuardia and Phoenix are the fastest with a median exit time of 27 minutes. Orlando is the slowest at 53.5 minutes. For domestic flights, Columbus, Ohio comes first with a median exit time of 12 minutes. Charlotte is the slowest at 32 minutes.
  • Rank of the 20 busiest worldwide airports for international arrivals. Munich’s 30-minute median time is first, followed by Frankfurt at 33 minutes and Singapore at 36 minutes.
  • Differences among business travelers and larger groups.

“When the plane lands, travelers’ first thoughts are getting to their destination. The last thing they want is to linger at the airport,” said Jens Wohltorf, CEO and co-founder of Blacklane. “The most exasperating part of a trip is often the time and distance between the airplane and car. Riding with a chauffeur is typically travelers’ best-case scenario. Other forms of airport transportation often require walking further or waiting longer until they’re in the vehicle, extending the time until travelers are on their way.”

Blacklane’s research includes the total time for travelers to exit aircraft, gather luggage, clear customs and immigration, and walk to vehicles with chauffeurs. The data do not take into account nationality, priority status, age, or checked vs. carry-on luggage. Additionally, Blacklane counts flights within the Schengen Area as domestic since the participating 26 European nations do not enforce border controls among one another. 

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Source: Blacklane whitepaper

Related Topics: airports, Blacklane, business travel, client markets, corporate travel, customer service, group travel, industry trends, leisure travel, research and trends, VIP service

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Comments ( 1 )
  • Pierre Bernard

     | about 12 months ago

    A really strong opener. So an average of about thirty minutes then, for " a traveler's median time from a plane's arrival until they are on their way" considering both flight platforms studied. The company's comparisons of time needed between guests leaving their seats and entering their chauffeured vehicle give some very useful data. The info could go into designing an app for the fleet operators, or driver's use, or at least into an office spreadsheet at the fleet owner's office. Very detailed stats, and a great article.

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