Are evening flights better?
Whether an evening flight is 'better' completely depends on your preferences. An evening flight might be better if you're looking to save an extra day of holiday from your holiday allowance at work. Or, if you're travelling for business, it allows you to be fully prepared for the following day.
Are evening flights cheaper?
Evening flights aren't always cheaper. If you fly late-evening, you're likely to find that your flight is cheaper than a flight earlier in the day. However, if you fly early evening, your flight will likely be one of the more expensive flights of the day for your route.
Are evening flights less busy?
Similar to price, late evening flights tend to be less busy as it's an off-peak time of day. However, early evening is one of the more popular times of day to fly. So, it depends when in the evening you decide to fly.
Are there fewer delays on evening flights?
No, there's no data to back-up that there are fewer delays on evening flights. Although there's generally less air traffic late in the evening, this doesn't always result in fewer delays. If there's been a big delay earlier in the day, it might affect flights for the rest of that day and therefore your evening flight might still get delayed.
That's not to say that evening flights experience more delays than any other time in the day. However, if you're number one priority is to not experience any delays, we suggest flying on the first flight out in the morning, as these are almost never delayed significantly.
Do evening flights have less turbulence?
There are tons of rumours and tips on the best time of day to fly to avoid turbulence. However, turbulence is determined more by weather and route conditions than the time of day flown.