Practice Listening English Exercises for A2 – Airports

Getting Ready

Match each activity on the left with the correct place on the right. Compare answers with a partner.

1) freshen up after a flight ____

2) board a flight ____

3) meet a friend arriving on a flight ____

4) ger flight information ____

5) change money ____

6) pick up suitcases after a flight ____

7) buy a magazine ____

8) take a bus to a different terminal ____

a arrivals area

b baggage claim area

c newsstand

d restroom

e shuttle bus stop

f departure gate

g currency exchange

h arrival and departure board

Show answers

1) d   2) f   3) a   4) h   5) g   6) b   7) c   8) e

Listening 1

Where do these people want to go? Listen and check (✓) the correct picture.

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1) b   2) a   3) a   4) b

Transcript

1)

A:  Could you tell me where departure gate 5 is, please?

B:  Yes, just take the escalator up to the next level and turn right. All the gates are upstairs.

A:  Thanks.

2)

A:  Excuse me. Where’s the baggage claim area?

B:  It’s downstairs. Take the escalator over there, near the currency exchange. Go down to level 1. You can get your bags there.

3)

A: Where are the restrooms, please?

B: Just go straight. They’re on the left. Just across from the check-in counters.

A: Thanks. Oh, dear. I think I’d better hurry. I need to change this baby right away.

4)

A: Excuse me. How can I get a shuttle bus to the parking lot area for terminal B?

B: Buses and taxis are on the next level. Just go up those stairs over there and turn right. The shuttle comes every five minutes.

Listening 2

Task 1

What are these people talking about? Listen and circle the correct answer.

1)  a directions

b flight insurance

     c flight information

2)  a ticketing information

b a flight departure time

     c a flight arrival time

3)  a transportation to the hotel

b hotel prices

     c car rentals

4)  a customs and immigration

b shopping

     c ATM machines

Show answers

1) a   2) c   3) a   4) b

Task 2

Listen again. Are these statements true or false? Check (✓) the correct answer.

True

False

1)  a He needs to fine Terminal B.

b The bus leaves in twenty minutes.

     c  He doesn’t need to buy a ticket.

2)  a The clerk doesn’t help the man.

b The flight arrival time will appear later.

     c  The man should check the monitor in 50 minutes.

3)  a There are maps on Level 1.

b She plans to drive to the hotel.

     c  The hotel is near the airport.

4)  a There aren’t a lot of stores to choose from.

b She doesn’t have to go through customs and immigration first.

     c  She can’t use credit cards.

Show answers & Transcript

1) True, False, True

2) False, True, False

3) True, False, True

4) True, False, False

Transcript

1)

A:  Excuse me. This is terminal A, isn’t it?

B:  That’s right.

A:  Can you tell me how to get from here to terminal B?

B:  Yes, go out the main entrance and turn right. Go over the foot bridge to the baggage claim and wait there for the bus to terminal B. There’s one every five minutes.

A: Do I need to buy a ticket?

B: No, it’s free.

2)

A: Excuse me. Do you know what time the flight from Tokyo arrives?

B: You can check it on one of the monitors over there, but let me see if I can find it for you.

A: Thanks.

B: Hmm. It looks like it’s delayed.

A: Oh, so do you know what time it’s arriving?

B: They haven’t announced the arrival time yet, so why don’t you check again on the monitor in about 15 minutes?

A: Okay. Thanks again.

3)

A: Excuse me. How can I get to the Wilson Hotel from the airport?

B: Check at the information counter on level 1. They have maps there. Are you driving? Car rentals are on level 1 as well.

A:  No. I’d like to get a bus, if possible.

B:  I think there’s a shuttle bus to the hotel in front of the airport.

A:  Oh, thanks. Do you know if the hotel is very far from here?

B:  Actually, it’s really close. It’s about a ten-minute ride.

4)

A:  Is it possible to buy souvenirs and gifts here?

B:  Yes, go to level 2. There’s only one store – a duty-free shop in the departure area.

A:  Do I need to go through customs and immigration first?

B:  Yes. You’ll find the shop right in front of you after you go through.

A:  And do you know if they take credit cards or do I need to use cash?

B:  Either is fine.

Listening 3

Task 1

People are talking about airports in different cities. Listen and check (✓) the correct answers.

1)

Good

Not good

the location

the transportation

the facilities

the check-in


2)

Good

Not good

the location

the transportation

the facilities

the check-in


3)

Good

Not good

the location

the transportation

the facilities

the check-in


4)

Good

Not good

the location

the transportation

the facilities

the check-in

Show answers

1) good: the location, the transportation, the check-in

 not good: the facilities

2) good: the location, the transportation, the facilities

 not good: the check-in

3) good: the location, the facilities, the check-in

 not good: the transportation

4) good: the transportation, the facilities, the check-in

     not good: the location

Task 2

Listen again. What phrase completes each statement? Write the correct letter.

1) The airport should put in ____

2) The airport needs to add ____

3) There should be ____

4) The city needs to build ____

a some more check-in counter.

b some stores and cafes.

c a new airport closer to the city.

d a bus service into town.

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1) b   2) a   3) d   4) c

Transcript

1)

A: What’s the airport like in your town?

B: Well, it’s only a short distance from the center of town, so that’s good.

A: Yes.

B: And it’s pretty easy to get there. It only costs about $25 by taxi. Or you can take a bus from most of the hotels.

A:  Is it a big airport?

B:  It’s fairly big, but it’s not a very pleasant place to spend time.

A:  How come?

B:  There isn’t much to do there. They really should put in some stores and cafes.

A:  That would help.

B:  Luckily, you don’t have to spend much time there because it usually only takes about 15 minutes to check in and go through security.

2)

A: What’s the new airport like?

B: It’s fantastic. Much better than the old one.

A: Is it far from town?

B: Not really. It’s only about 15 miles from the city, so it doesn’t take long to get there.

A: That’s good.

B: Yes, now I can get out there on a fast train, which makes the trip very comfortable.

A: How nice! What are the facilities like at the airport?

B: It’s almost like a big shopping mall. There are department stores, shops, a game center, and even a gym.

A: It sounds great.

B: Yeah, it is. The only trouble is it’s always very crowded, so it can take a while to get through check-in. They really need to add some more check-in counters to speed things up.

3)

A: Is the new airport close to town?

B: Yeah. Really close!

A: Does it take long to get to the airport?

B: Well, you have to go by taxi or train, so it depends on how long it takes you to get a taxi. There are never enough taxis that will go to the airport, so you have to wait for a while. You can go by train, but it’s not very easy to get on when you’re carrying bags. There really should be a bus service into town.

A: I agree.

B:  Yeah, but one you get there, it’s okay. There are lots of good duty-free stores, and the restaurants are pretty good. Try the Italian restaurant there. It’s excellent.

A: Does it take long to check in?

B:  No. Check-in usually goes pretty quickly.

4)

A: What do you think of the airport?

B:  Well, it’s far from downtown and when the traffic is bad, it can take an hour and a half to get there. The city really needs to build a new airport that is closer to the city.

A:  Do you usually drive to the airport?

B:  No. I usually take the airport bus. The bus is pretty nice. It’s clean and comfortable, and it’s a lot cheaper than driving because you don’t have to pay for parking.

A: Is there much to do there while you wait for your flight?

B: Sure. There are a couple of stores that sell souvenirs and magazines. There are also a couple of fast-food places, and they’re fine for coffee and a sandwich.

A: How long does it take to check in?

B: It doesn’t take long. They’re pretty efficient.

Conversation Corner: Asking directions

Task 1

Listen to the conversation. Write the missing words.

A: Excuse me, where are __________ ____?

B: Your bags are in the baggage claim area, on carousel 3.

A: Thanks. Oh, and are there __________ ____ to eat near the baggage claim area?

B: Yes. There are two cafes and a couple of ________ .

A: Great. How do we get into the city?

B: There are ____________ just outside, after you leave the baggage area.

A: Thank you so much!

Task 2

Practice the conversation with a partner. Be sure to pronounce the -s endings correctly.

Show answers & Transcript

A: Excuse me, where are oursuitcases ?

B: Your bags are in the baggage claim area, on carousel 3.

A: Thanks. Oh, and are there anyplaces to eat near the baggage claim area?

B: Yes. There are two cafes and a couple of restaurants .

A: Great. How do we get into the city?

B: There are buses and taxis just outside, after you leave the baggage area.

A: Thank you so much!

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