Gatwick is set to trial new system to stop the rush before the gate

Gatwick is set to trial new system to stop the rush before the gate


Gatwick airport will trial a new system to eliminate the rush for the boarding gate and the scramble to store luggage by inviting passengers to board according to their position on the plane  The system will see those holding tickets for window seats board the aircraft first, followed by those holding middle and aisle tickets   The trial at gate 101 will go on for two months and is targeted to stop lengthy queues and allow passengers less time standing in queues at the boarding gate  The airport also hopes to cut boarding time and to limit the amount of delayed flights   British passengers queue up in front of a gate as they wait for boarding at Dalaman Airport  Gatwick airport is trialling a new system to eliminate the rush for the boarding gate and the scramble to store luggage by inviting passengers to board according to their position on the plane RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next British Airways flight from Caribbean to London diverts to Chaos for London commuters for the second day running as the. Share this article Share The new method indicated that Gatwick could board a flight of 158 passengers  three minutes faster than usual  Those who have paid for ‘fast-tracked’ boarding can get on their flight first under the current system as well as those with toddlers, babies or with mobility issues        The move comes as Gatwick, the most delayed airport in Europe, attempts to address its soaring record of delays  Last month, the airport in West Sussex recorded 42.6 per cent of departing flights late by 15 minutes or more   Abhi Chacko, head of digital innovation at the airport, told the Times newspaper: ‘We want to explore whether boarding by seat number will avoid queues in the gate room and when boarding the aircraft   Interior of airplane with passengers on seats and stewardess walking the aisle  In addition to the window, middle, aisle method of boarding, flights from gate 101 will also trial the efficiency of filling the back row first and working forward’By communicating to passengers better and boarding passengers by seat number, we also expect to make the whole boarding experience more relaxing and, potentially, prevent passengers rushing forward at any stage ‘ In addition to the window, middle, aisle method, the flights from gate 101 will also trial the efficiency of filling the back row first and working forward A digital display will be used to call passengers to the plane and they will be expected to remain seated while they wait  Those who miss their call will likely be pushed to the back of the line.       

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2 Replies to “Gatwick is set to trial new system to stop the rush before the gate”

  1. To get people onto airplanes faster, they could use a cattle prod. Or they could yell "fire!" in the waiting area. The problem is, how to get people out of the bars? Well, that's easy, offer free drinks to the first 20 people who board the aircraft . . . but wait, they already offer that to First Class and they board first. Anything to save a buck.

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