Enrich your vocabulary

Here you will find vocabulary to speak about your travelling by plane.

Traveling by air can be really exciting, especially if you’re heading to a place where you’ve never been before, but at the same time it can get really stressful too, especially if you have problems understanding the English that’s used at the airport. Do yourself a favor and learn some of these essential words to help make your travel experience an enjoyable one.

Learn and use Travelling by Air Vocabulary

The airline or carrier you fly with is the name of the company that owns the airplane e.g. Singapore Airlines, British Airways.

I need to book a flight to Berlin next week. Which airline do you suggest I fly with?
The cheapest airline that flies to Germany is Lufthansa. It’s a German carrier.


An airport is a place where aircraft land and take off, which has buildings and facilities for passengers.

Heathrow Airport  is one of the busiest international airports in the world.

Air terminal

An air terminal is a building at an airport from which air passengers depart or at which they arrive.
There are also some stores and travel agencies outside the air terminal.
To board (a plane) means to go onto it.
All passengers on Belle Air flight 2216 must go to the gate. The plane will begin boarding in 10 minutes.

Boarding pass 
After you have notified the airline you are at the airport and you’ve checked your luggage, you will be given a boarding pass that shows you where the plane will be boarding and it will also show your seat number.

Sir, this is your boarding pass. You will be boarding at gate 22 at 6.35.

Boarding time  
Your boarding time is the time that people will be allowed to start entering the plane.

Boarding time was changed due to a technical problem. We would like to apologize for the delay.

Book (a ticket) 
When you book a ticket it means that you have reserved your place and paid for it.

Hi, how can I help you? – I’d like to book a return ticket to Paris, please.

Your identification (also known as “ID”) is your official document that you need to ensure you are who you say you are. When flying, the ID you’re required to carry is your passport.

I’d like to book a flight to New Jersey for tomorrow. – Certainly, can I see your ID please?

One-way (ticket) 
If you ask for a one-way ticket it means that you do not want to return to your destination. The opposite of a one-way ticket is a return ticket. If you want to purchase both, that’s called a round-trip ticket.

Hi, I’d like to book a one-way ticket to Hong Kong.
What’s your purpose for traveling? 
We’re emigrating there.

Travel agent 
A travel agent is a person who will help you to organize your travel plans and book your flights.

I tried looking for a flight online, but I couldn’t book it with my credit card.
You should visit the travel agent in the mall, she is very good and they have great offers.

When your plane arrives at the airport, your family and friends will meet you at arrivals.

Jane, I’ll meet you in the arrivals lounge. I’ll be holding a sign to tell you I’m looking for you.

When you are leaving to go on a trip, you will need to go to the departures lounge where you will wait to board your flight.

All passengers flying to Istanbul are kindly requested to go to the departures lounge.

If your flight has been delayed, it means that it’s late. Maybe it has been delayed because of bad weather, too much air traffic, or technical problems.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is an announcement that flight NZ245 has been delayed. Your new departure time is 2.25.

On time 
When you are traveling and you want to check the status of your flight you can look at the departures board. Here you will see all your flight information and if it says that your flight number is on time then the plane will depart at the right time.

Check in 
When you check in, you notify the airline you have arrived at the airport. They will take your suitcase and give you a boarding pass. The area where you do this action is also called check-in.

How many passengers are checking in with you? – It’s a large school group. We have 45 people in our party (group).

Before you’re allowed to enter the country, you must go through customs where you will be met by a customs officer. Here they will check if you’re bringing anything illegal into the country such as firearms (guns), drugs or too much money and they will ask you if you “have anything to declare?” If you’re not carrying anything that is forbidden, you should answer “no.”

A visa is a special document that gives you permission to enter a country. Some countries have strict laws and depending where you’re from, you may need to obtain (get) a visa.

Could you tell me if a person from Albania needs a visa to travel to Italy?
How long are you going for? 
3 weeks. 
No, you don’t require (need) a visa. Albanian citizens can travel up to 3 months without a visa to any EU countr

Oversized baggage/Overweight baggage  
Each passenger is only allowed to have one suitcase that weighs 20kg or less. If they have a big piece that you want to send or something that is too heavy, the people at check in will charge you more money.

I’m sorry madam, but your bag is overweight.
By how many kilos? 
One minute, let me just take a few things out.

Carry on (luggage) 
Your carry on luggage is the small piece of hand luggage that you are allowed to take with you onto the plane. These bags usually have to be a certain size and weigh less than 8kg.

I’m sorry, but your carry on is too heavy. You will have to check it.


Sometimes we carry things that are delicate or easily broken when we travel. A way of letting the people handling our suitcases know is to mark it with a sticker saying fragile. This will show them that they need to be a little more careful with your stuff.

Liquids are anything that is not solid or gas, such as a bottle of water or perfume. All airports do not allow passengers to travel with more than 100ml of liquids. All liquids you do carry on the plane must be put in a plastic bag.

Are you traveling with any liquids?
Yes, I have this deodorant. 
I’m sorry, but that is too big. Each container must not exceed (go over) 100ml.

Economy class 
Most people who travel by plane travel in economy class because the price is much cheaper.

I’d like to book an economy class ticket to Rome next Friday.
Would you like to make it return or one-way?
A return ticket. I’d like to come back the following Friday.
Okay then, for one week?

Business class 
Business class is the area where people who are traveling for business purposes sit. It’s towards the front of the plane and the tickets are more expensive than normal tickets.

We’d like to invite all our passengers flying in business class to start boarding.

First class
First class is the most expensive area of the plane. There is a lot of space to move. The seats are bigger and the service is better.

Next time I want to fly first class.
Why? It’s so expensive!
I’m just too tall. I have no leg room in economy.

In the departures lounge there are a number of different gates (doors) that lead to different flights.

Can you tell me where flight AZ672 to New York departs from, please?
Yes, it leaves from gate A27.

Long-haul flight 
A flight that travels a long distance in one go for example a long-haul flight would be flying from New York to Sydney.

I really don’t like long-haul flights and wished we had a stopover somewhere, but we really need to get back on that day and we don’t have time.

Stopover / Layover

If you are traveling on a long-haul flight, you usually have to have a short stop in another country first. This stop is called a stopover or a layover.

If you’re traveling from Europe to Australia, it’s recommended that you have a stopover either in Los Angeles or Dubai because the flight is very long otherwise.

Conveyor belt/carousel/baggage reclaim 
When your plane arrives, your bags and suitcases come out on the moving conveyor belt. Another word that you might hear for this is a carousel or baggage claim.

All passengers arriving from New York can pick up their luggage from carousel 4.