Clever use of Layovers and Stopovers
Air travelers across the globe usually opt for flights with minimum layovers to ensure that they reach the desired location in the shortest period of time. Higher stopover time that results in longer travel time, is considered as a pain, hence avoided in most circumstances, unless the traveler is looking for cheap flight tickets. In recent years people’s attitudes towards layovers and stopovers have changed significantly, in fact, people across the world use these long halts as an option to discover new countries. In today’s travel industry layovers and stopovers have been marketed as a lucrative offer by countries across the world with an intention to increase foreign reserves. Many airports in the world have used layovers and stopover goodies to lure tourists to take advantage of these perks and thereby creating a win-win situation for both the airport and the tourist.
Difference between Layovers and Stopovers?
Layovers and Stopovers are terms that are used interchangeably but they do have different meanings, Layovers refers to the connection point between cities, sometimes as short as 30 minutes to as long as 23 hours. Stopovers, on the other hand, refers to staying in a city for more than 24 hours during international travel.
Layovers and Stopovers are a blessing in disguise
Most airline travelers that include frequent travelers do not use layovers to their advantage, countries like Iceland, Singapore, Turkey, China, Dubai are some of the most famous layover locations in the world. They have used these layovers and stopovers time to organize city tours for people who want to make the most out of their layover and stopover time. Some national careers have developed exclusive packages for people who want to get a glimpse of the layover and stopover country, bring in a lot more tourists and foreign exchange respectively.
Singapore Changi Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world with around 65.6 million passengers passing through the airport every year. Changi airport is well known across the world for its excellent connectivity, as it serves about 100 airlines that fly to around 400 cities in about 100 countries and territories worldwide. Changi Airport is always in the news for one thing or the other, that latest being a 1.3 billion dollar new lifestyle hub with a 4 story Forest Valley, a 40meter waterfall as well as 280 shopping and dining facilities, Sky Net attraction adds a fun touch to the airport. Changi Airport can no doubt be referred to as a self-sustaining Oasis. Very few airports in the world can even come near this new age world wonder. Passengers traveling by Singapore airlines, with layovers in Changi airport have the privilege to experience a free 2.5 hour Singapore tour that is intended to cater to the transit passengers who have a layover period of at least 5.5 years but staying in Singapore for a period of fewer than 24 hours.
As a Canadian, Singapore is the best layover location for all your Asian travel destinations, it is possible to get a glimpse of the entire city in less than 5 hours and a good long day stopover can give you an opportunity to add an extra destination to your existing vacation destination. Singapore Airlines is considered one of the best airlines in the world in terms of service quality offered, I have personally experienced their hospitality while traveled from Vancouver to Delhi via Singapore and never once have I regretted my decision. Flights from Vancouver to Delhi have increased dramatically. The world famous Changi airport is in itself a visual treat, a very futuristic airport that this embodiment of the prosperity that Singapore as a nation enjoys.
The UAE cabinet has given a green node for tourists who would like to explore UAE, the transit visa is directed at providing visitors an opportunity to enjoy the Iconic locations in the country. Dubai has always been attracting people from across the world, Indians are no different. Dubai has been the favorite transit location for Indians, traveling from Toronto to New Delhi for a very long time. Flight from Toronto to New Delhi are in abundance. The visitors have an opportunity to visit the sites like Burj Khalifa, one of the most iconic locations in the world, The Dubai Mall Fountains, a favorite go-to place for shopaholics, Eat some real Dubai street food: Shawarma at Al Mallah, The Dubai Gold Souk – it is a traditional market in the heart of old Dubai by the creek, Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque – a must see if you are in Dubai, so on and so forth.
Dubai has one of the best interconnected public transport systems in the world, they have one of the most advanced and comprehensive metro systems enabling tourists an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the city using the metro alone. Terminal 1 and 3 of the Dubai Internal Airport is connected with the metro system hence making the overall experience of traveling through the city a comfortable endeavor.
Abu Dhabi the oil-rich capital of the UAE is one of the most sorts after transit location for Indians who are traveling to and from the US, Canada, and Europe. Abu Dhabi bost a lavish airport with a large number of amenities on par with Changi Airport Singapore, which is in itself a compliment. Airlines like Etihad offer two-day accommodation in Abu Dhabi, the first-day stay is at a heavily discounted price and the second day is free for the customer, as its cost is borne by Etihad. With two days stopover, the visitors can enjoy the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center and so on and so forth. There are plenty of flights from Calgary to Mumbai via Abu Dhabi, try booking it in advance to get great deals.
Turkey as part of its great effort to make its international airport a transit hub for flights between Europe, Canada, USA, and Asia, Turkish airlines have started aggressively to promote their stopover freebees to encourage more travelers and tourists to make turkey as their favorite stopover location. Turkish airlines provide free five-star accommodation to business class passengers for a period of two days and a one-day accommodation in a four-star hotel for travelers in economy class. Turkey is in the process of building the world’s biggest airport with a total cost of $12 billion dollars, the construction of the same is expected to complete by the end of 2025. The new airport will have five terminal, of which the first terminal is complete and ready for business, the Turkish airlines have transferred all its operation from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to the new Airport. With about 70 million passengers traveling through the airport every year, Istanbul Ataturk Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world. Since the new airport is a 45-minute drive from Istanbul it ensures that you do not miss any action, as a tourist you have the opportunity to taste authentic Turkish cuisine, along with the ability to buy certain souvenirs to remind you of the beautiful time you spend in Turkey. Istanbul is really safe for a tourist furthermore the locals are very kind and friendly, a perfect place to spend time and relax before you move on with your journey to your destination of choice.
The Iceland government has been promoting stopover packages especially useful for Europian, Canadian and American travelers who are looking for cheap flights to the Americas or to Canada, and Europe or vice-versa. Wow Air, an Icelandic company is looking to open new avenues to further spread this promotion deals by looking at the possibility of open flights from India to the US and Canada with layovers and stopovers in Iceland. Taking advantage of the compact size of the city Reykjavik offers an opportunity to take a well-deserved break from the long tiresome travel, visitors can enjoy a coffee break in one of many Reykjavik’s cafes. In case if you have a longer stopover, you could rent a car and enjoy a lifetime opportunity to experience the northern lights. Iceland’s location has been crucial for it to become one of the best transit locations in the world. People flock in thousands to experience the medical effect of geothermal pools, volcanos, black beaches, and so on and so forth, nature has truly blessed Iceland with its beauty.
Layovers and Stopovers have become an excuse to visit other countries while most travelers have not fully recognized the potential of layovers and stopovers it is certainly becoming a hot trend. It is in human nature to experience happiness when something is offered free, these layover destinations use these freebies to lure in international passengers to their airport fueling tourism and economic growth. If you are not someone who is interested in long flights how about checking the best places to visit in Canada.