Easyjet is to begin charging passengers to reserve specific seats for the first time from April this year. The charges are £8 for rows two to eight, £12 for extra legroom seats and £3 for the rest. The airline insists that this is not to make more money, but to take the stress out of boarding.
Chief Executive Carolyn McCall told The Times that the airline has spent £5m on the new seat reservation computer system to “take the stress out of boarding.”
She admitted that she didn’t expect the majority of passengers to take up the new option, and that most of those who did not pay the extra will still be able to sit with their travelling companions.
The first destinations to offer the service include Sharm-el-Sheikh, Istanbul, Malaga and Alicante. The airline will email passengers booked on flights to these destinations to give them to option of paying for reserved seating.