Stylish stopovers

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Turn that laborious layover into between flight fun. JAT shows you the way to go

Having recently found ourselves touching down for 10 hours at Colombo (Sri Lanka) airport and 12 hours at Atlanta (USA), JAT has mastered not only how to endure but crucially how to enjoy long layovers. Don’t just wing it: check out our tips below:

 

Look to a lounge
Most carriers will grant passengers with long layovers access to their lounges – for a small fee, of course. It’s worth reaching into your pocket though as the rewards – think complimentary massages, hot showers, free flowing food and drink and comfy sofas – are immense. Check into a lounge and that layover will fly by in no time….

Move it
Worried about all the calories you have been consuming on your hols? Think of the airport as your gym, put your trainers on and power walk between terminals.
By doing so, not only are you reducing the damage you’ve inflicted to your waistline AND the layover time, but (hopefully) by the time you finally board your flight you’ll be so exhausted from all that exercise, that you’ll sleep like a baby for the duration of the journey. Or at least that’s the theory.

Shop to it
Got your best mate/boss/boyfriend’s birthday or a baby shower/special occasion coming up? Don’t waste time pounding the avenues and aisles of your local shopping mall. Instead, shop to it at the airport. I’ve saved time and money by snapping up Mac make up for friends, Davidoff aftershave for Dad and chocolate and toys for the god-children, all courtesy of the blessing that is airport Duty Free. What are you waiting for? Ready, steady, shop!

Get out of the airport
Can’t face the thought of being holed up in an airport for an age? Consider escaping to the city to enjoy an extra, albeit super short, holiday.
This works well for destinations like Dubai – the desert kingdom is a mere 5km from Dubai Airport – and Hong Kong, where it takes less than half an hour to get from the airport to the heart of the action.
Other options include Amsterdam – the Dutch capital is only 15 minutes by train from Schiphol airport- and Colombo. The Sri Lankan airport allows a day in the country’s capital free of charge – provided travellers apply for a transit permit, in advance, online.

Make for Minute Suites
That being said, avoid exiting US airports where customs are notoriously slow – more so than ever in the Donald Trump era. Instead make for Minute Suites – a genius operation offering tired travellers the chance to grab 40 winks, wash, work and watch TV in private suites – while in transit.  Sure you’ll have to pay for the privilege – Minute Suites (www.minustesuites.com) can be purchased in 15 minute increments with a minimum one hour stay required – but it won’t break the bank and lets face facts: it beats cafe hopping around the airport for hours on end. Minute Suites currently  have branches at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Dallas Fort Worth International Airpirt and Philadelphia International Airport.

Me time
Looking a little wild after a fortnight in the Amazon? XpressSpa (www.xpresspa.com) at Schiphol Amsterdam is surprisingly affordable and a great place to get your brows back into the shape or indulge in a mani and pedi – no one wants to look at mistreated feet – ahead of your return to reality. XpressSpa have several outlets dotted around Schiphol so if you can’t get an appointment at one, chances are another can accommodate you. And while you might not be saving money, you’re saving time: you can cross beauty maintenance and personal grooming off that long list of things to do once back home.

FLYING FACT
A study by Cheapflights (www.cheapflights.co.uk) has shown that the cheapest week to fly in 2017 is 28 November – 4 December. We’ll see you in the skies in three months.

 

 

 

 

Minute Suites at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport

 

 

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