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Half of holidaymakers ‘anxious’ before flight

Parents of young children most stressed at airport

Airport sign directing travellers to the terminal.

Half of all holidaymakers are anxious about air travel, according to a new poll.

But fear of flying doesn’t top travellers’ worries – missing a flight or arriving late is the top anxiety for 37% of air travellers, with the figure rising to 44% for 55 to 64 year olds. Parents of young children and babies reported the most stressful experiences at UK airports. 

The research carried out among 1,000 people who had flown at least once in the last year found that half of UK airport users worry about air travel – saying they feel rushed and stressed.


For families set to jet off for half-term this month, Holiday Which? has a holiday countdown checklist to help take away some of the stress of travelling.

The research from holiday add-ons company Holiday Extras also suggests that in the UK, four out of ten holidaymakers admit to checking their travel documents up to four times before going away; one in four women will check them five times or more.  

The Scots and Welsh are the most relaxed travellers with almost 60% saying they feel calm, relaxed and happy before a flight.  

The company’s web and marketing director Matthew Pack said: ‘Overseas holidays may be fun, but clearly getting there is a nightmare for most of us. However, there’s plenty that even the most anxious of travellers can do to get their holiday off to a relaxing start.

‘Most people still travel to the airport by car so to cut stress levels we advise travellers to book their parking in advance. This ensures that there is a parking space waiting for them and saves both time and money.’

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