All passengers on board are referring to it as “stopover or connecting flights” or “multi-stop flights”, which means you leave the aircraft you were traveling on at an international airport and board another plane to take you to your last destination or you complete your flight on a second plane.
But despite the difficult problems that multi-stop flights may entail, such as losing a second plane, why are such trips necessary and why you should not rely only on direct flights? This is what we are discussing in this article.
Multi-stop flights between comfort and availability
You may already see at the airport the frequent scenes of people running through the airport buildings hoping to catch up with their multi-stop flights, as well as those rushing to catch the departure gate before closing, and on the other hand you see those travelers who have to wait for long hours.
But on the other side of the long-range direct flights there are many disadvantages such as sudden stop, which is a fact and frequent in such flights, and although there are many and many direct flights thanks to the availability of long-distance aircraft, but there are many disadvantages for long journeys.
Disadvantages of long-range direct flights
1. Heavy fuel consumption
In general, many airlines and even pilots do not prefer long-range direct flights for safety reasons, such as the need for refueling and avoiding wide open areas such as the oceans and deserts. In addition, the cost of fuel is expensive in long-distance routes. This has forced many airlines to cancel such flights, and to also advise multi-stop trips to refuel and to avoid technical errors in the plane.
2. Inconvenient for pilots
It is known that long-haul direct flights are usually unbearable for passengers, so it is necessarily more stressful for pilots, and of course sparing fatigue and exhaustion for pilots is essential to ensure their safety and the safety of the flight. That is why many airlines prefer multi-stop flights, as long flights always require pilots to take a nap in the cabin under the supervision of another pilot.
3. Higher price
Almost all low-cost airlines offer direct flights, but they offer multi-stop flights at a much cheaper price than direct flights because they are more risky. It is a disadvantage of multi-stop flights that you have to collect your luggage and drop it back to the second plane, specially if you have not booked on the same airline, which may make the situation somewhat complicated, and you should be on the departure gate as soon as possible so as not to miss the second flight.
Disadvantages of multi-stop flights
1. Luggage loss
Losing passenger luggage is one of the biggest concerns of travelers on multi-stop flights, luggage is often transported by luggage workers to connecting trips except in rare cases.
2. Risk of missing the 2nd flight
It is normal to be confused when your plane stops at large airports and through which crowds of people pass through every day, but what makes you so confused is the tension caused by the idea of missing your next flight. So you should make sure that there is enough time between each flight for at least one hour and that you will take it from the same station so it is difficult to miss the next flight. It is also important to give great attention to the instructions provided at the airport even if that causes you some confusion.