France Airport Guide


Friday, 20 March 2009

easyJet at Montpellier airport too heavy handed????

A seasoned traveller writes:

I wonder if any of your ‘readers’ have come across the over-zealousness of EZY’s check-in staff at MPL?

They are putting all hand baggage through the frame and charging most people to put it in the hold. The ‘frame’ seems smaller than the advertised dimensions on the website – for example my carry-on baggage when measured is within limits but only goes in and out of the frame with difficulty.

My daughter, whose case fits all other known frames (i.e. Ryanair, BA and FlyBe) was made to put her bag in the hold yesterday at a cost of €18. They are losing customers over this – BA fly to TLS & MRS, Aer Lingus now fly to Nice and Ryanair of course fly everywhere.

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Free Disneyland Paris tickets from Flybe`

Low cost airline Flybe are offering free adult tickets to Disneyland Paris for every adult flight from Edinburgh to Paris before June 26th 2009.

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Ryanair confirms cl;osure of check in desks

RYANAIR has confirmed that from October 1, 2009, all passengers will have to check-in through the airline's website.

In a statement the airline says it will mean a reduction in queues, and for those people travelling without baggage for the hold they can proceed direct to security.

Passengers who have hold luggage will be asked to leave their items at a drop-off point.
Check-in will be available between 15 days and four hours before the scheduled departure time of flights, and passengers will be required to print off their boarding cards.

Ryanair will phase in the introduction of its 100 per cent web check-in as follows:

Phase 1: From March 19, 2009, Ryanair’s web check-in service will be extended to (a) non EU/EEA citizens, (b) passengers travelling with checked baggage and (c) reduced mobility customers.
Customers choosing web check-in and travelling with only carry-on bags will continue to enjoy this service free of charge.

A web check-in fee of £5/€5 per person/per flight will apply to passengers travelling with checked baggage, while customers who wish to use airport check-in will be charged an airport check-in fee of £10/€10 per person/per flight at the time of booking.

Phase 2: From May 1, 2009 all new bookings will be required to use web check-in, and the use of traditional airport check-in desks will be phased out over the summer months.
The web check-in fee of £5/€5 per person, per flight will apply to all new bookings (except promotional fares) from May 1, 2009.

In order to dissuade passengers from using airport check-in desks, the fee for airport check-in will double to £20/€20 per person/per flight at the time of booking.

Phase 3: From October 1, 2009 airport check-in desks will no longer be available at any Ryanair airport.
All passengers will be required to web check-in and those who have checked in bags will use the airport 'bag drop' desks, if required.

From this date, children under the age of 16 will no longer be able to travel unaccompanied and passports and national ID cards will be the only accepted forms of photo ID on Ryanair flights.

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Air France to trial "Smartboarding"

In this ever accelerating technological age Air France are beginning trials of what they refer to as "Smartboarding".

This new system is aimed at frequent business travellers and is currently being tested between Paris Charles de Gaulle airport and Amsterdam.

Essentially the system is a biometric scanner that, after initial registration, will allow passengers to check in and board by simply placing their finger on a scan pad so that the system can confirm who they are. Biometrics are nothing new. You have been able to buy laptop computers for some time now with fingerprint security scanners but in the world of air travel this appears to be a first.

If this trial is successful then we should expect to be boarding ryanair and easyJet flights by simply scanning our fingerprints in the future.

The big thing about this type of security is that every person's fingerprints are different so the security level is very high.

Monday, 9 March 2009

easyJet passenger number down

Low cost airline easyJet has reported that it's passengers number were down for the month of February equating to a 6.8% drop from February last year.

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Live flight arrivals and departures pages added

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Tax only flight offer from Flybe

In keeping with other low cost airlines offers and sales, Flybe has announced a new offer on flights leaving the UK between 1-4-09 and 30-6-09.

This offer means that passengers will only pay taxes and charges for their flights.

Flybe's offer is from a number of UK airports to a mixture of domestic and European destiantions.

For more information visit Flybe's website at

easyJet sale now on

Up to 25% off flights from March to June
Sale ends midnight tonight!

Hurry! The clock is ticking and there are great discounts on flights to all your favourite getaway destinations. Sale ends at midnight tonight .

Save up to 25% off every seat, every route, every day* on flights from 25 March to 30 June 2009, including the Easter and half term holidays.

Alarm bells are ringing so why waste time? Book now at

No more boarding passes at Nice airport !!!

At Nice airport, Luftansa and some Air France/KLM flights have abolished the need for boarding passes.

In this tech savvy day and age passengers can now opt to receive a text message to their mobile phones with a bar code that removes the need to queue up at the check in desks.