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Article from BTNews 12 SEPTEMBER 2016

Inflight wi-fi under scrutiny

A guide comparing different airlines’ wi-fi and connection offerings to help passengers to plan ahead was released last week by Airport Parking and Hotels (APH).

The research compares 23 companies including American Airlines, Emirates and Virgin Atlantic and looks at the availability of wi-fi on flights, incurred costs and whether other connectivity options are available for passengers, such as entertainment streaming and mobile network.

Of the airlines researched, 12 provide wi-fi, including Aer Lingus, KLM and Norwegian Air Shuttle, although the survey found the cost varied from £4 for 1hr of access with Air Canada and Finnair to £15 for flight-duration access when travelling internationally with American. 

Of the 12 airlines offering wi-fi, three charged passengers according to the quantity of data used, APH said. They included Virgin Atlantic, charging £14.99 for 150MB of data, and KLM, which charges £8 for 40MB or £17 for 120MB. 

Conversely, JetBlue and Norwegian Air Shuttle were among carriers offering free wi-fi for all passengers on selected flights, while three airlines provided free access for passengers travelling in Business and First Class cabins, including those in Saga Class on Icelandair.

The full guide  www.aph.com/community/holidays/wi-fi-free-time-costs-uk-airports-like-gatwick-heathrow-and-manchester


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