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Hassle of airports puts holidaymakers off flying

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Low-cost airlines made travelling abroad easier, but many people are now avoiding airports altogether when jetting off on holiday, research shows.

In the last three years 37% of holidaymakers have made a conscious decision to take a no-fly holiday, with 39% saying they are put off by the hassle of flying.

A third of people said they hated having to check-in at the airport up to three hours before their flight, while 31% are put off cramped airline seats.

Queues for security, boarding, disembarking and baggage reclaim also deterred people from flying.

Baggage restrictions, expensive airport parking, the expense of flying even with budget airlines, and flight delays also put many holidaymakers off.

One in ten avoided air travel on environmental grounds, 9% for fear of terrorism and 8% were worried about plane safety, according to the survey by GoCompare Travel Insurance.

The survey found 51% of people choosing a no-fly holiday stayed in the UK. But 19% took a car ferry, 18% booked a cruise from a UK port, 16% travelled by train, 12% used the Channel Tunnel and 8% went by coach.

Martyn John of GoCompare, said: “Over the years, flying has become cheaper and more accessible enabling an increasing number of people to travel around the world. But, busier airports, longer queues at security, the prospect of cancellations or delays, and shrinking legroom in planes have combined to make passengers’ experience of flying more stressful, leading many people to avoid airports altogether.”

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