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Travelers prefer dining at airports instead of on the plane

My beloved Wetherspoons have established themselves at various airports and hopefully will continue to do so. I’m just hoping they can equally infiltrate P&O Cruise Liners to dissipate the profiteering overpriced and meagre meal varieties currently available.

Wakefield, West Yorks.

Not sure I agree that it is preferential to eat at airports. I accept that the food is probably better with more choice but I get bored on flights, particularly long haul, and the arrival of a meal makes the journey slightly less tedious.

Waiting around at airports is also rather boring but you do have the chance to walk around and look at items in shops even if you have no intention of buying them!

Thanks. I see what you mean about the small airports, but at least forum members would then know it only had a cafeteria. Anyway, lets see how it goes. Enjoy your breakfast tomorrow.

Essex UK

Excellent idea. I agree you could have each airport listed seperately. Only problem would arise when it is a small airport which only has a cafeteria like Reus, Bourgas or Varna to name but a few. Certainly with major airports it would be a great idea. We are having breakfast at Gatwick tomorrow morning so will report when we get back.


This has got me thinking that forum members chould help each other out as to where is best to eat at each airport. I’ve started this off with a new topic under airports for Heathrow T5 (link below) but we could have a new topic per airport that people have experience of.


Essex UK

It also makes good use of the time now that we are asked to check in so far ahead of departure time. There always seems to be plenty of time to spare after the security checks etc. and there is so much more choice available in the various airport eateries. With charter services and the budget airlines now charging for food, and the other airlines offering minimal food service except on long-haul flights, I am not surprised by the report of an increase in airport dining.

As some charter airlines have stopped doing inflight meals on flights under 7 hours, i.e Thomson it looks like meals at the airport are going to become more of an essential.


One of the best flights I have ever had was coming back from Toronto when i was still working. Had a great meal at he Airport & slept like a baby in a business class lie flat seat/bed.

Essex UK

While the airlines may not be making money on food service, airport restaurants are: According to a survey conducted by GO Airport Express, a Chicago-based ground transportation provider, just 2% of travelers say they purchase food on the plane.

The company, which provides airport shuttles to and from O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airport, polled travelers nationwide; more than 400 people responded.

The number one response to the question on dining preferences when traveling, 55 percent of participants said they eat after going through security. Twenty six percent reported they don’t spend any money on food while going from point A to B; they eat before they leave or after they arrive at their destination. Eight percent responded that they bring their own food; four percent said they eat before they go through security and another four percent purchase food to eat while on the plane. Several others commented that time and circumstances dictate where and when they eat while traveling.

"Travelers are spending their spare time by taking advantage of the dining establishments offered post-security," says John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express. "Airports might benefit by increasing the number and types of restaurants to accommodate the many tastes and budgets of its flying customers."

GO Airport Express, one of the oldest companies in Chicago, traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels. The GO Group LLC is the nation’s largest airport transportation provider, serving some 60 airports in North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe and transporting more than 13 million passengers per year.

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