When you board your long-haul flight there’s a few things you really don’t want to see in your vicinity – like a temperamental child or excessively sweating individual – and a few things you do – like a spare seat.
That coveted extra leg room. A whole new world of sleeping position options. So much room for activities. It’s heaven.
Fortunately, Finder.com.au has recently revealed how you can better your chances of landing that extra space on your next flight.
Analysing data from over 500,000 flights leaving Australia in the last six years, the website found that passenger loadings were at their lowest in October (72 per cent) and their highest in December (88 per cent).
However, your luck can also depend on who you’re flying with with some airlines filling their seats more than others. Air Niugini has been departing Australia with only 54 per cent of its seats full followed by Cebu Pacific Air with 59.5 per cent and Philippine Airlines with 60.1 per cent. All Nippon Airways, on the other hand, averaged 91 per cent of seats full across the survey period with American Airlines close behind averaging 87.7 per cent and Delta filling 87.3 per cent.
This article originally appeared on 7Travel.