Average UK adult will spend 12 days flying in their lifetime

As frightening as it may seem, the average British adult will spend 12 entire days flying during their lifetime; travelling the equivalent distance of almost 7 times around the world. Those from the South East will spend the most time in the air during their adult lives.

In total the average UK adult can expect to spen 306 hours flying to and from holiday destinations. Residents in the South East of the UK are likely to spend the most amount of time flying – perhaps another reason for Gatwick to justify a second runway!

The findings are from an ongoing study into the travel habits of Britons by online travel agency sunshine.co.uk.

2,486 people from around the UK, all of whom were aged 22 and over, took part in the study and answered questions about their holidays and travel experience; particularly in relation to air travel.

Initially, everyone taking part was asked to estimate how long they had spent on flights as a passenger over the past 5 years, including travel to and from holiday destinations (stating ‘0 hours’ if they had not flown at all). The results revealed that the average UK adult spends an average of 6.8 hours per year.

With the average Boeing 747 travelling at 565mph at cruising speed and the average Briton spending 306 hours in the air during their adult life time, this equates to 172,890 miles covered by plane; give or take a little for reduced speeds during take-off and landing. This means they will have travelled the equivalent of almost 7 times around the world, when comparing the distance to the circumference of planet earth.

Those from the South East were revealed as the most likely to spend the highest number of hours in the air during their adult life time, with their past five year average revealed as 61 hours (compared to the 34 hour average); 549 hours over their adult lifetime. Those in the West Midlands had flown for an average of just 12 hours in the last five years; set for 108 hours over the course of their adult lifetime.

Chris Clarkson, Managing Director of sunshine.co.uk, said the following: “The travelling time to and from our holiday destinations soon starts to add up, particularly after a few long haul flights. When we see that we could spend as many as 12 entire days on a plane in our adult lifetime, it just goes to show how important it is to put some thought and research into your bookings; making sure you’re confident in the airline’s ability to deliver a comfortable experience.

“We’d love to do further research into this topic, to see what people do to entertain themselves during all of these hours in the air. When a personal entertainment screen is lacking, it can be quite boring on a flight. However, there’s plenty that can be done to pass the time and make the journey more enjoyable, like playing games and reading a good book!”