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Airport delays

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Hi. We are due to travel back to the UK late tomorrow evening. We usually allow 2 hours but wondering if it should be 3 as people have said it’s been really busy and one couple nearly missed their flight.

Thank you for your answers.

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It all depends on how busy the airport is. Saturdays are the worst and Paphos has 16 flights leaving between 9 pm and midnight tomorrow. 2 hours ought to be ample if you can go straight through security and check in at the gate, but if you have to check in at the desk, it migh tbe less stressful to leave more time.

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We came back yesterday and were through security etc within 20mins…

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But yesterday was a Thursday - an entirely different prospect to Saturday.

Linda - only you can answer your own question. If you were advising a friend that wrote that post what would you advise them to do.

If you'd advise a friend to allow 3 hours to be on the safe side why would you not give yourself the same advice?

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We came back to Wednesday and the airport was packed this was about 5.30pm Shoukd have been there earlier but taxi didn’t show when I phoned he was in Larnaca🤷‍♀️ He phoned the office and they sent another cab out Wasn’t to happy to get to a packed airport didn’t have time to get a drink go in duty free or even the loo

Needless to say won’t be using that taxi firm again

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Thank you for your answers.

We have to check in later this evening we will base our timings on that if all goes well.

Paphos, Cyprus
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Looking at Hermes site, a lot flights departing Paphos from 9pm onwards tomorrow night so personally I'd rather hang around the airport extra hour than miss my flight

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Paphos airport was really busy last night. Scheduling so many flights close together in a small airport is crazy.

Add in all the extra Covid checks and it created Queue after Queue.

We arrived at the airport at 19:20 and didn’t get through check in and security until around 20:45.

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Totally agree, crazy last night. Thankfully we had speedy boarding as we didn’t get to airport until 1955 due to hire car handover being very frustrating and time consuming.

One couple missed their flight to Bristol and hadn’t completed their PLF and had no battery on their phone to complete at airport!

Trip Advisor as always had us covered for this and other forms 👍

Limassol, Cyprus
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Check in only opens 2 hours before flight. The tour buses turn up about then, so if you can, get there before them. The airport was a nightmare last night (Saturday) We dropped off two lots of family at different times for different flights. Both times the car parks were rammed. One of the flights left with 32 passengers luggage not on board due to not enough baggage handlers (or so the airline tells us) Paphos airport just isn't big enough for the volume of passengers passing through. All you can do is be patient and have everything ready. Not a good end to a holiday though.

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We came home on a Tui flight a few weeks ago. We allowed 3.5 hrs. We had to wait for check in to open 3 hrs prior to flight was about 3rd in queue. By the time check in opened the queue was really long .

We had plenty time to relax and get something to eat prior to boarding our flight. Each to their own preference but we personally prefer to be early than be worrying if we will make it.

Edited: 10 October 2021, 22:38
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