HomeFeaturesTravel Tip Tuesday with Cathay Pacific

Travel Tip Tuesday with Cathay Pacific

British travellers admit to experiencing around 2-3 hours of idle downtime when flying long haul, potentially leading to a combined 1100 hours to fill in the sky, across all passengers on a flight to Hong Kong. Premium airline, Cathay Pacific, polled the nation to find out what Brits really get up to when flying and encourage travellers to make the minutes count while in the air.

Nearly half of Britons (43%) admit to preferring long-haul flights but over a third (37%) struggle to fill their time during the flight. Research released today by Cathay Pacific to encourage passengers to make the minutes count while flying long-haul in 2024.

When thinking of their next trip, nearly half of Britons (43%) admit to preferring long-haul flights over short, however, 40 percent admit to not utilising their time when onboard. Some flyers prefer to not fill their time and are looking for quiet spaces (58%), lack of responsibilities (49%), and quality service (32%) to unlock their ‘me-time’ when travelling.

Watching films (66%), catching up on sleep (54%), and indulging in inflight dining (50%) came out on top with the general population, whereas more women are reaching for their favourite books (55%). The Scots admit to using their time to release their creative spark with over a quarter sketching in the sky (27%). Nearly a third of Mancunians like to challenge their brains with puzzle books (27%) while over 30 percent of Yorkshire respondents love people watching (31%). 

The free time during long haul flights can seem overwhelming as over a third of travellers (37%) admit to feeling frustrated as to how to fill their time. Cathay Pacific is sharing tips for travellers to make the most of their long-haul journey through interesting and unusual methods:

Walk this way – One-fifth (19%) prefer to get moving on the plane, and with no external factors limiting flyers they could walk the distance of the London Marathon in under 7 hours by simply walking up and down the aisles 1,169 times. Alternatively, one in five (20%) love to stretch during the flight so Inflight yoga and stretch programs are effective, and the benefits of exercise continue to pay off once you arrive.

Screen queen: Watching films came out on top with more than 3 in 5 Britons (66%) enjoying the time to catch up on old classics or new releases. Film buffs could use the time to polish off the original Lord of The Rings trilogy which runs for 11.2 hours. Football fans could watch just under seven of their team’s matches on the Live Sport 24 platform. Alternatively, flyers can binge-watch over 30 episodes of the comedy series The Simpsons guilt-free on Cathay Pacific’s onboard Disney+.

Page turner: Nearly half (46%) reach for a good book when on a long-haul flight. The average reader can consume up to 238 words per minute or 14,28 per hour, meaning passengers can read the first two Harry Potter books cover to cover in a single flight to Hong Kong.

Woolly wonder – Just under 5 percent (3%) of flyers admitted to being keen-knitters. While up in the clouds they would have enough time to knit one-quarter of a sweater or nearly a complete pair of socks when they arrive in Hong Kong. 

Cleanse the skin or soul – Gen Z uses the flight time to reset in ways that suit them. For one-tenth of Gen Z, it’s face masking to cleanse and cover up the jet lag, while nearly one-fifth (18%) prefer a digital cleanse by getting rid of old pictures and deleting old contacts from their phone while up in the air.

Snooze away the stress – Sometimes you just need to rest and there is nothing wrong with a 12-hour snooze. 80 percent of those surveyed prioritised comfortable seating so experience greater comfort than ever with Cathay Pacific. Ergonomically designed with cushioning and an adjustable headrest to provide maximum support. The ample legroom means passengers can stretch out during their journey.

Cathay Pacific is deeply rooted in customer service and passenger satisfaction with award-winning inflight entertainment and appetising food and beverage offerings including Michelin-starred partnerships and plant-forward menus. Find out more at www.cathaypacific.com.

Emer Roche
Emer Roche
Emer has over 10 years experience working for Irish magazines, supplements, websites and creative agencies. She’s written features for U Magazine, Image Magazine and theheyday.ie, across a range of subjects such as women’s interest, travel, culture, news and interviews. She also has a portfolio of commercial writing for creative agencies, such as RTE.ie and Originate Creative. Emer is a Dublin native with part of her heart in Ardmore, County Waterford. She lives in Dublin 7 with her husband, two kids, dog and cat.

Must Read