A new report on the quickest “seat-to-seat” times by Blacklane shows Shanghai and Perth having Asia Pacific’s fastest international and domestic terminals for arrival flyers to exit: 22 minutes and 12 minutes respectively. The slowest? Kansai International for international (80.5 minutes) and New Delhi (45 minutes) for domestic.
Blacklane, the chauffeur and airport concierge service, created the first global data set of the total time travellers need to gather luggage, clear customs and immigration, and walk to their ride. The company compared when guests left airplane seats (flights’ arrival times) to the times guests entered its chauffeured vehicles. The data comprised hundreds of thousands of flights at hundreds of airports around the world.
The findings reveal the following:
-Luxembourg is the world’s fastest to exit for international arrivals, with a median time of 15.5 minutes. The slowest is Kansai, outside of Osaka, Japan, with a median time of 80.5 minutes.
-For the 20 busiest worldwide airports for international arrivals, Munich’s 30-minute median time is first, followed by Frankfurt at 33 minutes and Singapore at 36 minutes.
Many of the fastest airports are a major city’s secondary airport – or smaller. Milan’s second- and third-largest airports, Bergamo (BGY) and Linate (LIN), take just over 20 minutes for passengers to reach vehicles. London City (LCY) is London’s fifth-largest airport. Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) handles 40% less passenger traffic than Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG).
A couple of important factors for their short exit times are the smaller sizes of planes and airport terminals. A major factor in Europe is that E.U. airports typically group E.U. and U.K. citizens together through immigration control. Many assign more immigration officers and deploy new technology, like electronic passport scans and biometric readers, to speed these travellers through.
Conversely, five countries’ largest cities have the world’s slowest airports for arriving international travellers. Tokyo, Santiago, Dubai, Buenos Aires and Mexico City all take at least 52 minutes as a median time for passengers to get to their vehicles.
The slowest airport is Kansai International Airport (KIX), serving Osaka. This is perhaps due in part to having the longest airport terminal in the world at 1.1 miles (1.7 kilometers).
APAC has three of the slowest five airports in the world, with two in Japan and one in Indonesia.
Airports in China, Australia and India in Asia get international travellers through faster. China has the top two airports, Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA) and Macau (MFM) in APAC for international arriving travellers. Australia has two of the next three and India has three of the top 10. At 22 minutes, Shanghai Hongqiao is the only one under 32 minutes. Four of the top 10 are country capitals.
Continuing the global trend, capital cities are the majority of the slowest airports to exit in APAC for international travellers. Tokyo has two of the ten, with Beijing, Colombo, Hanoi, and Kuala Lumpur on the list. All of these take at least 46 minutes to exit. Four airports take 51 minutes or longer.
Shanghai Pudong (PVD), tied for eighth at 46 minutes, takes more than twice as long to exit as Shanghai Hongqiao, at 22 minutes.
Perth (PER) has the fastest median time for arriving domestic travellers to exit, at 12 minutes. Australian airports take six of the next seven places. Only four airports have a domestic exit time in 20 minutes or less.
Five airports make the top 10 list for domestic and international, with Perth and Brisbane (BNE) in the top four of both groups.
The two slowest airports for domestic arrivals – and the only two that take more than 40 minutes – are in India. Overall, the slowest airports for domestic arrivals include five that were also among the slowest for international arrivals. China has four airports on the slowest for domestic arrivals and Thailand has two.
Interestingly, Bangkok (BKK) is one of the slowest for domestic arrivals at 36 minutes, but it’s one of the fastest for international arriving passengers to exit, at 39 minutes.
Among the ranking of the 20 busiest international airports in 2018, European airports were the most efficient at getting travellers on their way. The continent had nine of the 12 fastest airports, including the top two, Munich and Frankfurt.
Singapore is the best in APAC, at 36 minutes, with Bangkok fifth at 39 minutes. Tokyo Narita (NRT) is the slowest of the top 20 international airports at 56 minutes.
A higher volume of international passengers does not necessarily mean a longer exit time. For example, Singapore had 64.9 million international passengers and Tokyo Narita had 35.3 million, but Singapore was 20 minutes faster to exit. These airports also handle a varying percentage of international travelers who connect through a hub versus arriving at their final destinations.
*Seoul is excluded from this list because Blacklane does not offer chauffeur service there.
** The data, however, does not take into account nationality, priority status, age, or checked versus carry-on luggage. Additionally, Blacklane counts flights within the Schengen Area as domestic since the participating 26 European nations do not enforce border controls among one another.
Click here for the full global and regional analysis of international and domestic airport exit data.
Source: Web In Travel