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JARGON BUSTER - AIR TRAVEL

Below you will find basic explanations for some of the more common jargon used in the air travel industry

Air Side - The area of an airport terminal after passengers have passed through security procedures - normally only accessible to passengers with valid tickets and to certain staff.
Apron - The ground around an airport terminal where aircraft park.
APD - Air Passenger Duty. A tax levied by the UK Government on air travel.
ATC - Air Traffic Control: The means by which aircraft movements on the ground and in the sky are controlled to ensure they do not collide.
ATOL - Air Travel Organiser's Licence - more...
Boarding Gate - The door leading from the airport terminal to the aircraft or to a bus which will transfer passengers to an aircraft parked elsewhere on the airport apron.
CAA - Civil Aviation Authority - more...
Cax - Cancelled.
Codeshare - A flight operated by an airline on behalf of one or more other partner airlines which may or may not be part of the same larger company or group of airlines. This flight may have more than one flight number.
Consolidator - A company that has an agreement with an airline to buy seats from them in bulk at wholesale prices and sell them on to the public, often at very competitive prices.
Direct Flight - A flight which does not involve a change of aircraft. This does not mean it is non-stop, a direct flight may stop in one or more airports en-route to the final destination.
E-ticket - Electronic Ticket. Almost all airline tickets are now e-tickets. An e-ticket is not a paper ticket in the traditional sense of the word, but a booking reference made up of a sequence of numbers and letters which identifies a flight booking on the airline's computer.
IATA - International Air Transport Association. This is the main global authority serving the airline industry. more...
Local Time - the current time of day in that particular location.
Manifest - A list of passengers (or goods) travelling on a flight.
Open Jaw - A journey where you travel out to one destination and return from a different location to your original departure point.
Pax - Passengers.
Pushback - The moment when an aircraft departs from an airport terminal boarding gate.
Seat Pitch - The distance from a point on one seat to the same point on the next seat in front, usually on an aeroplane or a coach, which gives an indication of the amount of leg room available
Slot, Slot Time - A slot is a time at which a particular aircraft is scheduled to be at a specified point in its journey on the ground or in the air. So for example, a take-off slot is the time at which an aircraft is scheduled to take off. Air Traffic Control allocates slots to aircraft for day to day control of movement at airports and in the air in controlled airspace.
Stopover - A stopover is generally used to mean when a passenger is allowed to 'break their journey' and spend time at a point en-route before continuing the journey to their final destination. Some tickets permit stopovers, others (usually cheaper ones) don't.
Transit - When stopping or changing planes at an airport other than your destination, you are said to be in 'transit'. Normally, passengers in transit remain air side and are not subject to the immigration regulations of the country in which the airport is located, but this is not always the case and it is worth checking, especially if you think you may have time in which to leave the airport before boarding your onward flight.
Zulu - a term used to describe Greenwich Mean Time, the standard time used for communicating amongst pilots, air traffic controllers and other professionals within the airline industry in the UK and many other countries; as opposed to Local Time which is used for public airport information and flight schedules.

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