Air Travel English Vocabulary

travel English Vocabulary
travel English Vocabulary

aeroplane [ˈeərəpleɪn] a plane: a vehicle with wings and engines
that can fly (
In American English, use
airplane)
aircraft (PL)
aircraft
[ˈeəkrɒːft] a plane or a helicopter
airline [ˈeəlaɪn] a company that carries people or goods in
planes
airplane
(American
English)
see
aeroplane
airport
[ˈeəpɔːt] a place where planes come and go, with
buildings and services for passengers
air-traffic
controller
[eə ˌtræfɪk
kənˈtrəʊlə]
someone whose job is to organize where
planes go
aisle [aɪl] the long narrow passage between the rows
of seats on a plane
arrivals [əˈraɪvəlz] the part of an airport where passengers get
off planes;
wait in arrivals
bag [bæg] a container made of plastic or leather,
used for carrying things
baggage [ˈbægɪdʒ] same as luggage
baggage
reclaim
[ˈbægɪdʒ
rɪkleɪm]
the place where you collect your baggage
after your flight;
go to baggage reclaim
boarding
card
[ˈbɔːdɪŋ ˌkaːd] a card that you must show when you get
on a plane
bureau de
change
(PL)
bureaux de
change
[ˌbjʊərəʊ də
ˈʃɒnʒ]
[ˌbjʊərəʊ də
ˈʃɒnʒ]
a place where you can change your money
to foreign money
business
class
[ˈbɪznɪs ˌklaːs] seats that are cheaper than first class but
more expensive than economy class;
in
business class
EXAMPLES
Most low-cost airlines do not serve food.
We checked in early and walked around the airport.
Please do not leave bags in the aisle.
The police said the incident occurred last weekend in arrivals at
Terminal 3.
We went to a bureau de change to change the Euros back into
Sterling.
We had seats in business class on the flight from London to Los
Angeles.

cabin

[ˈkæbɪn] the part of a plane where people sit
[ˈkæbɪn ˌkruː] the people whose job is to look after
passengers on a plane; The cabin crew were
very nice.
the person who is in charge of a plane
paying money to borrow a car, for
[ˈkæptɪn]
[ˈkaː ˌhaɪə]

cabin crew captain car hire example when you are going on holiday
(
In American English, use car rental)
car rental
(American
English)
see
car hire
checkin
[ˈtʃek ɪn] the desk that you go to in an airport to say
that you have arrived;
Go to checkin at
once.
connection [kəˈnekʃən] a plane that leaves after another one
arrives and allows you to continue your
journey by changing from one to the other
customs [ˈkʌstəmz] the place at an airport where you have to
show certain goods that you have bought
in another country, and, if necessary, pay
tax on them
customs duty [ˈkʌstəmz
ˌdjuːti]
tax that you pay when bringing certain
goods into a country from another country
departures [dɪˈpaːtʃəz] the part of an airport where you wait
before you get on a plane;
He was standing
in departures.
duration [djʊˈreɪʃən] the length of time that something lasts
economy
class
[ɪˈkɒnəmi
ˌklaːs]
the cheapest seats on a plane;
in economy
(class)
EXAMPLES
Ask cabin crew or see leaflet for details.
The price includes flights, car hire and accommodation.
We got to the airport and went straight to checkin.
My flight was late and I missed my connection.
We walked through customs.
The government has reduced customs duty on imported
machinery.
You must pay customs duty on these goods.
Please go to departures.
You must keep your mobile phone switched off for the duration
of the flight.
Margarita sat in economy class on the flight to Bucharest.

emergency
exit
[ɪˈmɜ:dʒənsi
ˌegzɪt]
a place where you leave a plane if there is
an emergency, such as a crash or a fire
entrance [ˈentrəns] the door or gate where you go into a place
escalator [ˈeskəˌleɪtə] a set of moving stairs
e-ticket [ˈiː-ˌtɪkɪt] short for ‘electronic ticket’: a ticket that is
stored on a computer rather than on paper
exit [ˈeksɪt] the door that you use to leave a public
building
fare [feə] the money that you pay for a journey in a
plane
first class [fɜ:st ˈklaːs] the best and most expensive seats on a
plane;
in first class
flight [flaɪt] a trip in an aircraft
flight
attendant
[ˈflaɪt
ətendənt]
a person whose job it is to look after
passengers on a plane and to give them
food and drink
flight
number
[ˈflaɪt nʌmbə] the unique number that is given to each
flight
gate [geɪt] a place where you leave an airport and get
on a plane
hand
luggage
[ˈhænd
ˌlʌgɪdʒ]
the bags that you take with you in the
cabin, rather than the bags that are put in
the hold;
lots of hand luggage
helicopter [ˈhelikɒptə] an aircraft with long blades on top that go
around very fast
hold [həʊld] the place in a plane where goods or
luggage are stored
EXAMPLES
Take the escalator to the second floor.
Our flight was delayed by three hours because of fog.
There were no direct flights to San Francisco, so we had to
change planes.
I asked the flight attendant for a glass of water.
He is on flight number 776 from Beijing.
How many pieces of hand luggage can I take on the plane?
This piece of luggage will have to go in the hold.

ID card [ˌaɪ ˈdiː kaːd] a card with your name, date of birth and
photograph on it that shows who you are
information
desk
[ˌɪnfəˈmeɪʃən
ˌdesk]
a place where you can ask for information
about your flight
jet lag [ˈdʒet læg] the feeling of being very tired when you
fly between two places where the time is
different;
suffering from jet lag
jumbo jet [ˈdʒʌmbəʊ
ˌdʒet]
a large plane that can carry several
hundred passengers
landing [ˈlændɪŋ] the act of bringing a plane back down on
to the ground;
a smooth landing; a bumpy
landing
layover
(American
English)
see
stopover
luggage
[ˈlʌgɪdʒ] the bags that you take with you when you
travel;
lots of luggage
luggage label [ˈlʌgɪdʒ
ˌleɪbəl]
a piece of plastic with your name and
address that you attach to your luggage in
case it gets lost
parachute [ˈpærəˌʃuːt] a large piece of thin material that a person
attaches to their body when they jump
from an aircraft to help them float safely
to the ground
passenger [ˈpæsɪndʒə] a person who is travelling in a plane, but
who is not flying it or working on it
passport [ˈpaːspɔːt] an official document that you have to
show when you enter or leave a country
pilot [ˈpaɪlət] a person who controls an aircraft
plane [pleɪn] a vehicle with wings and engines that can
fly
plane crash [ˈpleɪn kræʃ] an accident in which a plane hits another
plane or hits the ground
propeller [prəˈpelə] a part of an aircraft that turns around very
fast and makes the aircraft move
EXAMPLES
I had terrible jet lag for three days after my holiday.
How many pieces of luggage are you checking in?
Why does Ingrid need so much luggage for a short stay?
Could I see your passport and boarding card, please?

reservation [ˌrezəˈveɪʃən] a seat on a flight that an airline keeps
ready for you
runway

[ˈrʌnweɪ] a long road that a plane travels on before
it starts flying
something that you can sit on
a long belt that you fasten around your
body to keep you safe when you are on a
plane
1 everything that is done to protect a
place;
Security has been increased.
[siːt]
[ˈsiːt belt]
[sɪˈkjʊərɪti]

seat seat belt security 2 the place in an airport where your bags
are checked;
go through security
stopover

[ˈstɒpəʊvə] a short stay in a place between parts of a
journey (
In American English, use layover)
a case for carrying your clothes when you
are travelling
the beginning of a flight, when a plane
leaves the ground;
a smooth take-off
a place where people begin or end a flight
a small piece of paper that shows that you
have paid for a flight
[ˈsuːtkeɪs]
[ˈteɪkɒf]
[ˈtɜ:mɪnəl]
[ˈtɪkɪt]
[ˈtaɪmteɪbəl] a list of the times when planes arrive and
depart
a person who is visiting a place on holiday
[ˈtʊərɪst]

suitcase take-off terminal ticket timetable tourist
travel
agency
[ˈtrævəl
ˌeɪdʒənsi]
a business that sells journeys and holidays
traveller [ˈtrævələ] 1 a person who is on a trip
2 a person who travels a lot
EXAMPLES
You are in seat 35C.
Please fasten your seat belts during take-off and landing.
World leaders have announced plans to tighten up airline
security.
We made a stopover in Bangkok to break up the journey between
London and Brisbane.
What time is take-off?
We left the airport terminal and looked for the taxi rank.
Terminal 1 will handle Air Canada’s domestic flights.

tray table [ˈtreɪ ˌteɪbəl] a small table that is attached to the back
of the seat in front of you on a plane
trip [trɪp] a journey that you make to a particular
place and back again
trolley [ˈtrɒli] a large container with wheels that you use
at an airport for moving heavy luggage
window [ˈwɪndəʊ] a space in the side of a plane that you can
see through
wing [wɪŋ] one of the long flat parts at the side of a
plane that support it while it is flying
VERBS
board [bɔːd] to get into a plane to travel somewhere
book [bʊk] to arrange and pay for a flight; book a
ticket
; book a flight
cancel [ˈkænsəl] to say that something that has been
planned will not happen;
cancel a flight
check in to tell the person at an airport desk that
you have arrived
check
something in
to give your luggage to the person at an
airport desk;
check in luggage
delay [dɪˈleɪ] to make something later than expected;
The flight is delayed.
depart [dɪˈpaːt] to leave
fly [flaɪ] 1 to travel somewhere in an aircraft
2 when a pilot flies a plane, they make it
move through the air
EXAMPLES
I’m taking a short trip to France.
I pushed my luggage trolley towards the ‘Nothing to Declare’
green route.
Can I have a window seat, please?
I boarded the plane to Dubai.
British Airways cancelled several flights because of the bad
weather.
Flight BA201 will depart from gate 21 in 30 minutes.
We are flying over London.

hijack [ˈhaɪdʒæk] to illegally take control of a plane
land [lænd] 1 when a plane lands, it comes down to
the ground after moving through the air
2 when a pilot lands a plane, it comes
down to the ground after moving through
the air
search [sɜ:tʃ] to look carefully in a place for something;
search someone’s luggage
take off when an aircraft takes off, it leaves the
ground and starts to fly
ADJECTIVES
airsick [ˈeəsɪk] feeling ill during a flight because of the
movement of the plane
direct [daɪˈrekt] used to describe a flight that goes from
one place to another without stopping
domestic [dəˈmestɪk] used to describe flights between airports in
the same country
duty-free [ˌdjuːti-ˈfriː] duty-free goods are sold at airports or on
planes at a cheaper price than usual
because they are not taxed;
duty-free
perfume
international [ˌɪntə
ˈnæʃənəl]
used to describe flights between airports in
different countries

on time [ɒn ˈtaɪm] not late or early; at the expected time; The
flight is on time.
ADVERBS
on board [ɒn ˈbɔːd] on an aircraft
on time [ɒn ˈtaɪm] not late or early; at the expected time;
arrive on time
PHRASE
nothing to declare used to describe the area of customs that
you walk through if you do not have to
pay customs duty on any goods
EXAMPLES
The Boeing 737 was hijacked after taking off from London
yesterday.
The plane landed on time, at eleven thirty.
The plane took off twenty minutes late

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