BA goes more ‘low cost’ style
BA has decided to change its arrivals boarding process at Gatwick for all Domestic and Jersey flights. You will recall from my EasyJet reviews that I concluded that I would probably stick with BA, unless they were significantly more expensive. This was due to EasyJet’s boarding policy which meant lots of standing around and queuing, even with Speedy Boarding. It was similar when arriving at Gatwick with steps and buses. You can read my 2 reviews here and here. BA have now said that they plan to use buses and steps at Gatwick for all Domestic and Jersey flight arrivals. This will certainly change my perspective if I am going to end up hanging around, for a bus like I did with EasyJet. Since most other aspects of EasyJet were as good or better than BA, it may tip the balance in easyJet’s favour.
The change will no doubt save money, as well as improving punctuality and aircraft utilisation. This is because they can use 2 sets of steps to deplane passengers from 2 doors, saving time. Many airports charge airlines for using air bridges so this could also be a cost saving exercise.
At Heathrow they will begin the boarding process slightly earlier in an effort to maintain punctuality. This will be immediately after the crew have finished their checks. It will be interesting to see if this also leads to queues on the jet bridge, or a reduction in the service in premium cabins during boarding.
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