EasyJet has been in the news a lot lately, following the airline’s announcement this week regarding its plan to carry out ash cloud testing using a new system called AVOID, as well news of a number of new routes launching this spring/summer to popular holiday destinations.
The airline has also confirmed that after a successful start to its new seat reservation system which is proving popular with passengers, it is closing its check-in desks to speed up and facilitate easyJet customers’ passage through busy airports.
EasyJet officially closed its check-in desks from April 30 onwards in a bid to encourage more passengers to check-in online but the budget airliner will allow passengers to check-in at the airport desks during a transitional period, although the airline says they should only be used in “exceptional circumstances”.
The current check-in desks will be transformed into bag-drop desks instead.
Up to 80% of EasyJet’s passengers already check-in online, and it is hoped that the move will make the airport journey easier and quicker for customers.
The company has said that it will work with its partners, including travel agents, to ask them to encourage passengers to check-in online.
A spokesman for EasyJet said: “We will be using all our channels and working with our partners who are selling seats on our behalf. Everyone, including the airports are very aligned with it.”
New London Southend – Edinburgh route
Timeshare owners who frequently visit properties in Scotland, including Hilton Grand Vacations hotels and Club La Costa’s popular Duchally resort near Gleneagles, will be delighted to hear that the airline now flies from London Southend airport (in Essex) to Edinburgh.
The new route is already in service and it means easyJet now operates to four London airports with up to 28 flights connecting the capital cities per day.
easyJet flights to London Southend will operate six days a week and offer the quickest route into Stratford and East London. Around 85,000 passengers are anticipated to use the service over the next 12 months and fares start from £29.99 each way.
Hugh Aitken, Head of Scotland for easyJet, said: “easyJet is increasing the amount of flights it operates between Edinburgh and London to accommodate the growing demand from business and leisure travellers. By offering flights to four London airports easyJet passengers get complete flexibility over when and where they want to travel, saving them time and money when they land.”
In March easyJet added a seventh aircraft to the airport and launched six new routes in a move which is expected to deliver 140,000 extra visitors to Scotland and generate an additional £90m for the economy.
Edinburgh Airport Chief Executive, Gordon Dewar, said: “Providing our passengers with the best choice of destinations is a key priority of Edinburgh Airport and we are delighted that easyJet are now flying directly to London Southend. This will no doubt provide greater flexibility for our business travellers who will be able to fly to all London airports from Edinburgh.”
Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said: “We welcome the news that easyJet is further investing in Scotland with a flight to London Southend. London remains a critical market for Scottish businesses and with the developments in East London and the Thames Estuary I am sure this new link will prove popular.”
easyJet now links Scotland with the London bases of Stansted, Gatwick, London Luton and London Southend.