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phil_2405 18th Feb 2006 12:26

EasyJet
 
Has anyone used this yet? I don't think the service has been officially announced yet but I found this on their website:
Can I check in for my flight on the Internet?
Question
Do you offer online check in facilities on easyJet?
Answer
At present online check-in is available only between Edinburgh and London Stansted as part of a trial. This trial may be extended to other airports within the easyJet network, so keep checking the website for further developments. You can only use this service if you carry hand baggage only.

Seems rubbish that you're given boarding group D if you use the service. Ryanair's service will allow people using OLCI to board 1st.

bmibaby.com 18th Feb 2006 15:15

Personally I think putting passengers who use online check-in in boarding group D is the best option, considering that these people will only have to arrive at the airport about 15 minutes before STD. Therefore, passengers who do not use OLCI still have an incentive to arrive at the airport nice and early so that they get the best choice of seats, whilst the incentive for OLCI passengers is they get to arrive at the airport as late as possible, almost like strolling onto a bus.

Lite 18th Feb 2006 15:28

I can only speak for EMA but the check-in/boarding procedures for easyJet involve having one PSA assisting pax with the self-service-check-in machines, and then one PSA who works on the bag-drop belt from just before 2 hours before STD. 30 minutes before departure, the two go through to the gate to board passengers, usually meaning the gate is set up 20/25 minutes before departure time.

The passengers who have made the effort to get to the airport early should be rewarded by having a low boarding pass number to get onboard first. This is the whole point of the open seating policy. Passengers who decide to use online-check-in, so that they can get to the airport as late as possible bypassing the airport hassle, will board last, but will not have to get to the airport early. So take your pick early & first aboard, or late & last. It's fair & will be easier to handle. I'm dreading to see the Ryanair terms & conditions for OLCI.

phil_2405 18th Feb 2006 17:19

Anyone know when/if OLCI will be available with easyJet from NEMA?

Powerjet1 18th Feb 2006 18:05


Originally Posted by phil_2405
Anyone know when/if OLCI will be available with easyJet from NEMA?

Received this email from easy re some fortcoming flights I have with them. Start date not actually specified.
Online check in is now available on:
- All flights from Edinburgh
- All flights from London Stansted
- All flights from London Gatwick
- All flights from Glasgow to London Stansted
- All flights from Bristol to Edinburgh
- All flights from Nottingham East Midlands to Prague
- All flights from Nottingham East Midlands to Geneva from 23 February
- All flights from Amsterdam to Edinburgh (from 21 February

ryanride 1st Mar 2006 13:34

EasyJet
 
RTE WEBSITE: 1st March 2006

British low-cost airline easyJet said that it will start flying to Africa for the first time with a new route to Marrakesh in Morocco from July.

Wonder will Ryanair follow suit ?

http://www.rte.ie/business/2006/0301/easyjet.html

spanishflea 1st Mar 2006 17:27

Istanbul and Rijeka both look very interesting as well!

jamesbrownontheroad 1st Mar 2006 18:14

From the mouth of the orange horse:


Another first as new markets beckon for easyJet

easyJet, Europe's leading low-fares airline, today announced an expansion into three new markets – all outside the EU.

From this summer, easyJet will be taking its familiar brand and famously low-fares to new customers in the bustling cities of Marrakech, Istanbul and to Rijeka, Croatia’s third-largest city.

Over the last 10 years easyJet has brought low-fares to 18 countries in Europe and expects to carry in the region of 35 million passengers this year. Today about one-third of Europe’s population live within one hour of an easyJet airport.

All three destinations should prove popular with passengers travelling for both business and leisure reasons that, until now, have had to put up with the high fares charged by the traditional airlines.

easyJet becomes the first major European low-fares airline to start services from London to the most vibrant cities of Turkey and Morocco and, in doing so, expands its operations into these wholly-new markets that are increasing their business links with Europe.

Andrew Harrison, easyJet Chief Executive, said:

“This is probably our most significant expansion since the start of our new routes to Central and Eastern Europe in May 2004. easyJet continues to seize opportunities and to stay ahead of the industry – both geographically and technically, as highlighted by our recent introduction of on-line check-in.

Croatia, Turkey and Morocco are forging an ever-closer relationship with the UK and Europe. As a consequence, the demand for low-fares to these countries is growing quickly, and easyJet will be in a unique position to benefit from this development.

Wherever we go low fares speak their own language and we look forward to bringing our unique combination of low-costs with care and convenience to the long-suffering passengers to Istanbul, Marrakech and to Rijeka who have had to put up with high fares for too long.”

easyJet will launch the following four routes this summer:

London Gatwick to Marrakech 4 July Daily
London Luton to Istanbul 29 June Daily
London Luton to Rijeka 30 June Four times weekly: mon, wed, fri, sat
Basel to Istanbul 29 May Four times weekly: Outbound - mon, thu, fri, sun Inbound – tue, fri, sat, mon


Note the Basel-Instanbul schedules... will this be the first time a scheduled Easyjet crew has overnighted?

*j*

newscaster 1st Mar 2006 19:29

Easyjet expanding out of Europe
 
To Africa and Asia http://asia.news.yahoo.com/060301/af...120746eco.html

Stanstedeye 1st Mar 2006 19:55

jamesbrownontheroad
 
Great news from EZY, but have they not considered the ramifications of excluding STN from their expansion plans. Because the result will be their loss to another airline, i.e. like the ATH service .

Stanstedeye

Getoutofmygalley 1st Mar 2006 20:47


Originally Posted by jamesbrownontheroad
From the mouth of the orange horse:
Note the Basel-Instanbul schedules... will this be the first time a scheduled Easyjet crew has overnighted?
*j*

It might not be an overnight. What if the outbound was scheduled for a departure from BSL at say 20:00 local, it wouldn't get back until the wee small hours of the following day, so it is possible we might still be doing the 20-30 min turnarounds, and coming home the following day.

Personally, I think this is great that we are now expanding outside of Europe. Hopefully this is just the first of lots of new non-EU routes :ok:

cheekycapt 1st Mar 2006 22:25

Easyjet
 
Wonder will other low cost operators be starting new routes to Africa and the East like Easyjet ? ?

Sanjo 2nd Mar 2006 14:28


Originally Posted by Stanstedeye
Great news from EZY, but have they not considered the ramifications of excluding STN from their expansion plans. Because the result will be their loss to another airline, i.e. like the ATH service .
Stanstedeye

The fact that someone else is flying from STN to ATH, doesnt mean that easyJet has lost to another airline...
That same airline tried to take them on EDI and GLA too, but didnt seem to work for them. Plus, ATH was announced to start in May and the first flight currently available is now 24 June 2006. Not the strongest message about their sales.
Flying STNEDI and STNGLA on 40% loads is one thing, but flying ATH on 40% loads is another!!!
Sanjo

Stanstedeye 2nd Mar 2006 19:29

sanjo
 
Loadings on STN-ATH with the present schedule was always going to be difficult, as GO found to their cost with a similar STN-TFS schedule.
Saying that you must give them credit for giving it a try. EZY chose not to, and in my opinion to their cost, for like it or not STN is a major airport now & where a business opportunity arises if EZY decides in a negative way, others will take the lead.

Stanstedeye

LTNman 2nd Mar 2006 20:46


Originally Posted by Stanstedeye
Great news from EZY, but have they not considered the ramifications of excluding STN from their expansion plans. Because the result will be their loss to another airline, i.e. like the ATH service .
Stanstedeye

Donít be greedy as Luton needs to play catch up. Anyway Luton has a much bigger catchment area than Stansted not that this seems to matter to most airlines.

ryan2000 2nd Mar 2006 21:05

Cork LGW
 
Anyone know why EZY Are reducing their frequency on LGW ORK from 3 per day to 2 per day from late July to early September before reverting once more to 3 per day. Seems strange to take out a flight for the busiest six weeks of the year on UK- Irish market.

crackling jet 2nd Mar 2006 22:38

new routes
 
anything new on the horizon for bristol, e.jet gone a little quiet as of late ?

Sanjo 3rd Mar 2006 13:33


Originally Posted by Stanstedeye
Loadings on STN-ATH with the present schedule was always going to be difficult, as GO found to their cost with a similar STN-TFS schedule.
Saying that you must give them credit for giving it a try. EZY chose not to, and in my opinion to their cost, for like it or not STN is a major airport now & where a business opportunity arises if EZY decides in a negative way, others will take the lead.
Stanstedeye

I can give them credit for giving it a try... I am not sure their Board will give them much credit for it though... It looks to me that they are throughing money by all these "tries". You can tell they are not a plc by those choices of routes. If they were, such routes and head-to-heads would be questionable (to say the least) by shareholders.

WHBM 3rd Mar 2006 16:02


Wonder will Ryanair follow suit ?
Ryanair have to date decided to keep their operations entirely within the EU where they can operate what they like without all the route licence complications that are needed when going outside.

Easy have had a base in Switzerland, outside the EU, since their early days, so are more used to this.

Regarding which of their 3 London bases Easy use to serve new destinations, it seems to be an absolute lottery at the moment. There probably is some logic, but I can't see it.

toledoashley 3rd Mar 2006 18:13

This weeks TTG is reporting that more destinations are going to be announced next week.


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