Why do I need to arrive two hours before my flight?

Tina often is asked the question, “When should I arrive at the airport?” She says she always, always, ALWAYS recommends that passengers arrive two hours before their flight times (domestic flights).  You need to allot time for parking, making your way to the terminal, checking in, checking bags, and going through security. While most of the time, these processes are quick and easy, depending on the number of flights departing at any given time, there could be longer check-in and security lines than you might expect. This is true at any airport, and it is always better to be safe, rather than sorry.  It is the passenger’s responsibility to plan enough time to get to the gate in time for boarding. And remember – every airline has a different cut-off time for you to check-in for your flight, usually ranging from 30-45 minutes before flight time. If you cut it too close, you may find that you have missed your chance to check-in.

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Tina Kinsey
Asheville Regional Airport
Dir. of Marketing, PR & Air Service Development