10 Things to Do While Waiting for Your Flight

Traffic was light, parking was a breeze, you checked-in online and you got through passenger screening in record time; now you have some extra time to kill while waiting for your flight. Here’s our list of the top 10 things to do while waiting to board your flight at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport.

Ten- Write a bucket list. Do you have places you want to travel, cultures you want to experience or a new hobby you want to try? Write a bucket list of all the things you want to accomplish.

Nine- Update your status on Twitter or Facebook. If you have a smart phone, catch up with your friends and family on your favourite social networking sites. There’s free Wi-Fi at the terminal!

Eight- Watch a movie. Watch a DVD on your laptop or download your favourite shows directly to your tablet. Remember to plug in at one of the charging stations so you have plenty of power left for the flight.

Seven- Listen to a podcast. Download a podcast to catch up on your favourite radio and TV news, music and entertainment shows.

Six- Read a book. Whether you enjoy reading an actual book with pages, or you’ve made the transition to an e-reader, sitting down to read a good story is a great way to pass the time. If purchasing a book while at the airport, read this prior post to find about how you can save money.

Five- Network. Practice your networking skills by talking to fellow passengers. You never know who you’ll meet!

Four- People watch. The airport is full of people from around the globe. It’s a great place to see what people are wearing (many in Jets gear of late) and watch what they do to pass the time before their flight.

Three- Grab a bite to eat. Many carriers offer only small snacks aboard flights, so if you’ve got a hunger that won’t be satisfied by cookies or crackers, be sure to check out one of the many restaurants. In the domestic/international passenger boarding area you’ll find T.G.I. Friday’s, Upper Crust Bakery, Salisbury House, Gondola Pizza, Red Wok, Fuel Bar, Starbucks and Tim Horton’s. In the US passenger boarding area you’ll find a T.G.I. Friday’s and a Tim Horton’s. T.G.I. Friday’s and Fuel Bar offer alcoholic beverages for those 18 years old and up.

Two- Roam the departures concourse. Use your wait time to do a little exercise by walking around the departures concourse. Stretching your legs on a plane is a little tough to do, so take advantage of the time before your flight to limber up.

One- Plane spotting. If you’re in the domestic/international passenger boarding area, head down to gate 12 where you’ll have a great view of the airfield where you can watch planes land and takeoff.

What are your favourite things to do while waiting for a flight? Send us your comments.

Tagged: Winnipeg Airports Authority, Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport




Yes - passengers finally have a selection of places to eat, view and relax while waiting for flights. Commend designers. However, while waiting downstairs for arrivals - our group was very disappointed in the design of terminal. For a new airport, why is their only two food vendors despite the massive open space. With recent delays and lots of stranded passengers - why does airport not have any large TV monitors on walls and/or sitting areas with screens through out terminal? Its so quiet - why is there even no background music. Despite the large open feeling - it appears there is a lack of seats.
Since visitors cannot view the actual RAMP areas where planes park ... why couldn't airport position live web cams by planes - so that video feed could be viewed on inside TV screens in terminal? That way people waiting for passengers could watch planes. What about having same webcams connected internet? Web cam would be an excellent platform for thousands to see how Winnipeg airport employees can handle the various weather challenges that city endures year round. Appreciate opportunity to express these views. Hopefully their will be some feedback soon. Thanks,

Winnipeg Airpports Authority said:

Hi Randall,

Thanks very much for your feedback. We appreciate hearing comments from airport users about their experiences at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.

We're currently looking at a few opportunities to add additional food vendors and concessionaires to the airport. Please check our website and blog for future updates.

There are no current plans to add webcams and TV screens in the terminal, but we'll gladly pass along on your idea.


Winnipeg Airports Authority

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