GATWICK AIRPORT INTRODUCES NEW METHOD OF BOARDING
London Gatwick Airport has been closely working with easyJet to reduce the amount of time it takes for all passengers to board a plane. They have introduced a new method in which reduces the boarding time by 10%, carry on reading to find out how they do it!
The turn around time for aircraft and airlines is incredibly important in keeping up revenue, and sticking to their very tight schedules. Gates, ground crew, and airport facilities are extremely expensive for the airline, so reducing passenger boarding time, and increasing their turn around time will make a huge impact on the costs and revenue of the airlines.
Using a narrow-bodied aircraft, such as the Airbus A320, which has six seats across, they have started to board passengers in a way which reflects on the passengers seat location within the aircraft, and they have totally scrapped the pay for fast boarding method.
Boarding starts with passengers who are allocated seats at the rear of the aircraft, and who have window seats, which is then followed by middle and aisle seats.
Gatwick has said that it is experimenting with different loading patterns and techniques to find the optimal boarding time for airlines, which could change depending on the demographics of each flight booking, whether there is more business and individual fliers, or more families.
Gatwick has managed to board 158 passengers onto one plane in 14 minutes, which is about 2 - 3 minutes faster than previous methods. - They have managed to do this by also introducing screens at the gates which instruct passengers who are to board, due to using the tannoy announcement being often incredibly inaudible.
With this new system, passengers who have been participating within the trial at Gatwick airport have really enjoyed the new system, saying that it seems like "Bingo Boarding", and this method has reduced delays, and made the whole experience for passengers improved and more enjoyable.