For many British, the holiday season is the perfect time for a great getaway. Many cold-weather connoisseurs head off on a well deserved break to the North where they can indulge themselves in various activities from snowmobiling and skiing to reindeer safaris. Those who want to escape Britain’s bleak winter and get a bit of the sun leave for warmer lands. Thousands of holidaymakers get together under one roof. At this time of the year, airports and airport hotels are usually filled to capacity.
As the global economic recession still affects the economy, many tour operators and travel agents increasingly cut prices to attract more clients. Cheaper flights and bargain holiday tours have already pulled in a lot of customers and many more are expected to make orders later on this month. Some airports are going to increase the number of flights to top holiday destinations to be able to provide all passengers with quality services. Virtually every airport in the country is constructed with the modern traveler in mind, with numerous duty-free shops, lounges, dining facilities and children’s areas.
Airport hotels are a popular service with those who depart early in the morning or return to the UK late at night. Some of them are handily located near the terminal building and have direct access to the airport via covered walkways. Others are within easy reach by bus or car. A one-night stopover in a hotel can be the perfect alternative for families travelling with children and people with special needs. It is a good opportunity to have a quality rest in a beautifully furnished room after or before a long flight. For a reinvigorating experience, one can visit on-site spas and steam rooms of luxury airport hotels. Body-conscious enthusiasts can get a good workout at the on-site gym, while gourmets can have a nice meal in hotel restaurants and bars.
As weather is very unsettled at this time of the year, airports may suffer flight delays and cancellations now and then. Heavy snow or freezing rain can bring the whole airport to a standstill at Christmas. In 2010 airports in France, Italy, Germany, the UK and the Netherlands faced a lot of trouble, while Moscow airports were shut for hours. Airport hotels could be an ideal option for those whose flights are cancelled. They can have a good night’s sleep in comfort and then return back to the airport to board the plane.
Over peak periods like Christmas, airports all over the country have the busiest time of the year, with thousands of passengers flying off for a winter break. A nice journey is the one that is well-arranged. Booking a room in one of the airport hotels can save one the effort of travelling to the airport with children and lots of luggage early in the morning. Holidaymakers who return to Britain late in the night can also stop over in an airport hotel on the way home. Passengers whose flights are cancelled because of bad weather can have a good quality rest over there, too. There could be more to air travel than just flying.