Yesterday I boarded an EasyJet flight out of Cologne for London Gatwick. We pushed back 17min early and arrived 40min early. Pushback as early as that is a record for me.
I was left to reflect on how this was achievable. Clearly the airline had all its operational ducks in a row, but the final decider of when the doors may be closed is the time of the last passengers’ arrival before the gate is closed.
Is it, perhaps, true that the scheduled low cost carriers achieve better arrival and departure times than their full service counterparts (which they do) because passengers, when they travel with the likes of EZY or Ryanair, behave less like prima donnas than they do with the full-service carriers? Maybe they are more likely to turn up in plenty of time. They certainly board fast with no fuss.
Is that the secret?
Oh yes, and the Gatwick gate was ready for us despite the very early arrival, unlike Heathrow gates that are frequently not ready for on-time flights.