29 APRIL 2013

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Article from BTNews 29 APRIL 2013

easyJet check-in

In a move that will surprise no one involved in short haul operations easyJet is to replace check-in desks by bag-drop station desks at the end of the month.  The airline says that 80% of passengers check-in online and it wants to encourage all passengers to do so.

EasyJet did acknowledge that it was not possible for everyone to confirm travel electronically and says a facility will be available “for the time being”.  There is no intention, unlike some competing airlines, to charge for the check-in.  Luggage does not go free.

For a fee, you can put one bag in the hold weighing up to 20kg.  This can be paid in one of three ways:

•    online (£8-£18 per bag per flight, depending route and season)

•    via call centre (£14 per bag per flight)

•    or at the airport @ £25 check-in and £40 at the gate.

Excess is £11 per kg at the airport and £21 per every 3kg online

What this means is that airports, who after 10 years have just about sorted themselves out with the space that security now requires, will again have to realign the landside areas.  In fact, as Stansted has quickly found out, in many cases the airside area can be expanded from the space saved. www.easyjet.com

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