Goldcar: Average Briton walks 355 miles through airports

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Goldcar: Average Briton walks 355 miles through airportsTravellers walk an average of 1.1km every time they either board or disembark from a flight

The average British traveller has to walk the equivalent of almost fourteen Marathons to get in and out of airports during their lifetime.

That's according to a new research by car rental firm Goldcar, which found that the average adult travels 355 miles as they catch flights to destinations across the world - the equivalent of walking from the centre of London to the Scottish border.

The research found that travellers walk an average of 1.1km every time they either board or disembark from a flight. The average holidaymaker takes just under two return journeys a year.

Over the average adult lifespan, Goldcar estimates that holidaymakers travel 571.5km or 355 miles with the most frequent travellers among those surveyed walking 88km or 54 miles in one year alone - a figure that if replicated throughout their adult lives would mean they had trudged more than 3400 miles.  

Interestingly, the figures show that Brits walk further than their counterparts in Spain, where Goldcar has more than 40 outlets. The average Spanish holidaymaker walks 429km or 267 miles in their lifetime.

Reasonable distance

We are approaching the time of year when Brits are jetting off more and more, so it is highly likely travellers will find themselves walking a reasonable distance over the next few months.

The longest journeys in UK airports include the walk from Gatwick's entrance to its North Terminal, which is estimated to be 1.8km or 1.12 miles. Others include a 1.22km or 0.76 miles walk to the end of Heathrow Terminal 5.  

Across the world, the furthest journeys include a 3.2 km or 2 mile walk in Beijing Capital International Airport Terminal 3 and a 2.1 km or 1.3 mile walk at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.  

"It's staggering to think that we walk that far through airports in our lives," said Tonica Safont, Customer Service Director of Goldcar. "Although it explains why customers are so keen to make a quick getaway when they arrive at their destinations.

"That is why we have introduced our new Key'n'Go service, which means no queuing for your rental car. You just use your smartphone to collect your key from a kiosk."

Goldcar's Key'n'Go service is currently available in 15 airports across Europe, including Alicante, Majorca and Seville. For more information, please visit: https://www.goldcar.es/en/

About Goldcar: 

Goldcar is the smart car rental company targeted at the leisure traveler who is seeking a value-based proposition that offers an efficient, quick, reliable and easy-to -use service with transparent pricing.  As a value brand it aims to provide a service that customers will enjoy using the latest digital and other technological applications / developments to ensure the best possible rental experience that offers value for money.

Goldcar has a network of over 80 offices in Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Malta, Andorra, Morocco, Greece, Croatia, Netherlands, Mexico, Romania and Cyprus. It has a staff of 1,000 employees managing a fleet of over 50,000 vehicles. Goldcar has managed to become a market leader in the market for holiday car hire in Europe and is immersed in an ambitious international expansion project. More information at https://www.goldcar.es/en/ 

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