Pe@rson
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Check-in-10-minutes-before-departure Option?

Wed Mar 09, 2005 5:25 am

Some European low-cost airlines, like easyJet and Ryanair, require you to check-in 40 minutes prior to departure. If you arrive at the airport after this time, you will be told that check-in has closed and you cannot therefore proceed. You would consequently be buggered.

Would you think that a check-in-10-minutes-before-departure option (or possibly a 15- or 20-minute option), which would be payable as a supplement at the time of departure, would be a good idea? It would enable people to purchase this, thus meaning additional revenue for the airline, and so they can spend extra time in bed and not spend more time than necessary at the airport. It would also be of use to those whose time is limited for whatever reason. It might also be purchased ‘just in case’ someone arrivals later than expected at the airport, so a ‘safety’ and 'reassurance' measure.

Those passengers who have chosen this add-on could be fast-tracked to the gate of departure.
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RE: Check-in-10-minutes-before-departure Option?

Wed Mar 09, 2005 5:33 am

Given that most airlines close the departure gates 15-20 mins prior departure, this wouldn't be very feasible. Also the reason why there is usually a 30-45 mins cut-off for check-in is that there are procedures which need to be done between the time check-in closes and the flight actually departs. Leaving check-in open means less time to undertake the necessary work.

Also, 10mins to check-in, clear security and reach the gate is not enough, especially when passengers are unfamiliar with the airport or have been stopped at security.
 
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RE: Check-in-10-minutes-before-departure Option?

Wed Mar 09, 2005 5:37 am

OK, a 20-minute-before-departure option. As I said, people would be fast-tracked, with personnel, to the gate of departure. There must be always around it, for it surely cannot be that rigid. However, I do not know much about this topic, so I could be wrong.

Just trying to find suitable means of increasing revenue, while benefiting the consumer.

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[Edited 2005-03-08 21:39:13]
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RE: Check-in-10-minutes-before-departure Option?

Wed Mar 09, 2005 5:38 am

Yeah, 10 mins is probably not enough in any airport. But 20 would usually be enough for somewhere small like Bristol. Checked baggage is obviously a no-no at this point. Perhaps late arrivals could be put onto a seperate list so the passenger manifest would indicate those who could be delayed through security.

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RE: Check-in-10-minutes-before-departure Option?

Wed Mar 09, 2005 5:42 am

Quoting Pe@rson (reply 2):
people would be fast-tracked, with personnel, to the gate of departure.


That would involve higher costs to the airline and I'm not sure the amount people would be willing to pay would justify this. Many carriers already offer passengers various options for checking in, such as online, telephone/fax etc and this means less time at the airport.
 
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RE: Check-in-10-minutes-before-departure Option?

Wed Mar 09, 2005 5:49 am

Quoting Speedbird2155 (reply 4):
That would involve higher costs to the airline I'm not sure the amount people would be willing to pay would justify this.


Yes, I am well aware of that.

"I'm not sure the amount people would be willing to pay would justify this."

That's subjective and so open to conjecture.

If sufficient people were interested in the fast-track system, then the additional costs incurred would easily be off-set by the supplement paid by each passenger. But I take your point.  Smile We can't know for definite.

Quoting Speedbird2155 (reply 4):
Many carriers already offer passengers various options for checking in, such as online, telephone/fax etc and this means less time at the airport.


Indeed. However, the major European airlines have yet to do this, perhaps because it would depart from their simple, and certainly value-for-money, procedure. But yes, a thorough implemention of an expedicious check-in procedure, such as internet-check-in in view of 97% people booking FR tickets via the 'net, ought to be looked into in great depth, for it would not only speed up a passenger's airport transition but also, in time, reduce the airline's costs: there would be less check-in staff (either the airline's employees or a handling agent's employees) and less need to have check-in related things, like boarding cards.
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RE: Check-in-10-minutes-before-departure Option?

Wed Mar 09, 2005 5:51 am

Anyway, I'm off now.

Have a good evening folks - and don't get up to anything I wouldn't.  Wink

James.

P.S. As a mate of mine said last night: 'There's nothing wrong with ugly people, so long as they stay indoors.'  Silly
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