An Airline Pilot’s top 5 Layovers Across The World

An Airline Pilot’s top 5 Layovers Destinations

Looking for the best tips on how to make the most of free time in between flights ? This list might help you plan your layovers a little more strategically!

1. Malé, The Republic of the Maldives

1. Malé, The Republic of the Maldives

Airport: Ibrahim Nasir Male International Airport (MACL)

could be better than being stuck in the middle of the Indian Ocean for a few days, enjoying the Maldives? Flight crews scramble to get spots on these flights. From the turquoise reefs and white sandy beaches, to the perfectly blended cocktails sipped against a sunset backdrop, it’s hard to go wrong.

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2. Paris, France

2. Paris, France

Airport: Charles de Gaulle (CDG)

Paris is the perfect destination for a layover. Overflowing with restaurants, shows, culture, and of course nightlife every day of the week, there is so much to see and do. In even a few hours it is entirely possible for an ambitious pilot to climb the Eiffel Tower, sample some croissants, before heading back to his or her downtown hotel.

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3.Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

3.Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Airport: Galeão–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport

If you ask New York-based co-pilot Kent, the best place in the world for a pilot layover is Rio de Janeiro, and many of his co-workers would agree. For adventurous types like Kent, the Pedra Bonita hang-gliding and paragliding launch site is just a $5 trip from the airport (as if a flight to Brazil isn’t enough air time).

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4. Singapore, Singapore

4. Singapore, Singapore

Airport: Changi Airport (SIN)

Part of a pilot’s layover is fitting in as much sightseeing, fun, and relaxation as possible- in as little time as possible. That’s what makes Singapore such a great layover spot. This island nation can be explored in a day’s time, and has everything from typically South East Asian bustling markets, to high-end cocktail lounges.

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5. Austin, Texas, United States

5. Austin, Texas, United States

Airport: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)

One airline pilot from Dallas, Texas, says that he would highly recommend his home state’s capital city, Austin. If you’ve got just enough time to enjoy a plate of southern comfort food -washed down with a few delicious local brews, then Austin might be your idea of a perfect layover spot too.

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Your top 5 destinations?

We’ve shared some of the best layover destinations in the world, why not share your top 5 destinations to layover with us ?

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