Plan to reduce flight boarding times to just 14 MINUTES! Gatwick pilot scheme that allows passengers in window sills first to board aircraft to end the gates scrum
- Gatwick airport will test the system to eliminate the rush for the gate
- They plan to fill the seats of the aircraft, then the center and then the aisle
- The airport announced that 42.6 percent of departures were late last month
Gatwick airport will try a new system to eliminate the crowds at the boarding gate and the urge to store luggage by inviting passengers to board on the basis of their position on the aircraft.
The system first sees those who hold tickets for window seats on board the aircraft, followed by those who have tickets in the center and aisle.
The test at gate 101 lasts two months and is meant to stop long queues and allow passengers to wait less time at the gate.
The airport also hopes to shorten boarding time and to limit the number of delayed flights.
British passengers stand in line in front of a gate while waiting for boarding at Dalaman Airport. Gatwick airport is testing a new system to eliminate the rush for the boarding gate and the urge to store luggage by inviting passengers to board on the basis of their position on the aircraft
The new method indicated that Gatwick could board a flight of 158 passengers three minutes faster than normal.
Those who paid for & # 39; fast-tracked & # 39; boarding, can first board their flight under the current system, as well as people with toddlers, babies & with mobility problems.
The move comes as Gatwick, the most delayed airport in Europe, tries to tackle its huge state of delays.
Last month the airport in West Sussex registered 42.6 percent of the departing flights with 15 minutes or more.
Abhi Chacko, head of digital innovation at the airport, told Times newspaper: & We want to investigate whether boarding at seat number avoids queues in the gate room and when boarding.
Interior of airplane with passengers on seats and stewardess walking the aisle. In addition to the entry method in the center window, aisle, flights from gate 101 will also test the efficiency of first filling the rear row and continuing to work
& # 39; By communicating better with passengers and allowing passengers to board by seat number, we also expect the entire boarding experience to be more relaxed and potentially prevent passengers from rushing forward at every stage. & # 39;
In addition to the window, center and aisle method, the flights from gate 101 will also test the efficiency of filling the back row first and working ahead.
A digital display will be used to call passengers to the aircraft and they are expected to remain seated while waiting.
Those who miss their call will probably be placed in the back of the line.
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