Passengers at Belfast International Airport (BIA) will now be able to board their easyJet flight using their phone, as the airline becomes the first European carrier to introduce mobile boarding passes.
From yesterday, passengers flying from Belfast International (BIA) with easyJet will be able to download their boarding pass via the airline’s app, and scan it to access to their flight. The airport has installed special scanners at bag drop desks, security and departure gates to help expedite queues and boarding times.
Ali Gayward, easyJet’s head of Northern Ireland, said: ‘We’re pleased to introduce mobile boarding passes across all easyJet flights from Belfast to make travel easier for our passengers. The service will be offered in addition to printed boarding passes and will allow customers to check in and download their pass via the easyJet app.
‘Mobile boarding passes can be saved on the easyJet app and accessed without network coverage or roaming charges wherever you are. Customers can check in for their flight as early as 30 days ahead of the departure or as little as two hours before.’
Uel Hoey, business development director, Belfast International Airport, said, ‘This is another great initiative from easyJet and with the growth of mobile devices it makes sense that this service is in place for all of easyJet’s Belfast passengers. With around 50 percent of the air travel market in Northern Ireland using easyJet we are sure passengers will welcome this new development.’
Over 100,000 passengers at Belfast International Airport are expected to download mobile boarding passes over the next year. Since the introduction of the technology in September 2013, over 2.5 million mobile boarding passes have been downloaded across Europe by easyJet customers.
Passengers using the easyJet app can also receive live information about every flight. The Flight Tracker tool enables customers to search for their departure and see real time information direct from easyJet’s Operational Control Centre.
The tool, which is also available at www.easyjet.com/en/flight-tracker, displays scheduled departure and arrival times as well as vital real time information in times of disruption.
The easyJet app enables passengers to book a flight in less than 30 seconds. Adding mobile check-in and boarding passes is claimed to make the process even quicker and more seamless.