easyJet waves goodbye to airport check-in desks

More airlines are abandoning their airport check-in desks, with easyJet the latest carrier to encourage passengers to check in online.

easyjet online checkin

Ryanair has already removed them and now easyJet has just given its airport check-in desks the chop.

The cost-cutting move is designed to push all passengers towards online check-in. The airline says over three quarters of passengers already do so online.

On Tuesday, easyJet’s check-in desks morphed into ‘bag drop’ desks. But staff will still be able to check in passengers at these desks if they haven’t done so online, easyJet said.

The airline allows passengers to check in from 30 days and up to two hours before the flight’s departure and doesn’t charge passengers for not checking in online, or arriving at the airport without printed boarding passes.

But with check-in and bag drop lines merging, passengers could face longer queues at bag drop desks.

While dropping off hold bags may take longer, easyJet is focused on making check-in faster and today (Wednesday, May 1) began trialling mobile boarding passes.

iPhone and Android users travelling from London Stansted, London Southend, Manchester, Edinburgh, Amsterdam and Nice can check in on their handsets via a free app.

Windows phone 7/8 and Blackberry devices will see their own apps trialled later this year.

easyJet mobile boarding passes

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