Airport Parking and Hotels (APH), has put together a table highlighting the different check-in times at all major UK airports. The research is available in the ‘Know Before You Go’ section of the website at www.aph.com/checkintimes and also shows which airlines offer online check-in services and self-service check-in desks, at which airports.
The research found that passengers flying with the low cost airlines easyJet and Ryanair have the longest time allowance to check-in online or at the airport, ranging from 60 days to two hours and 15 days to one hour respectively. Iceland Express also allows travellers to check-in from 60 days before the flight, with Monarch Airlines and Wizzair seven days.
However some airlines, such as Adria Airways, Brussels Airlines, Flybe, and SAS, allow passengers to check-in as close to one hour before the flight with BMI even offering 30 minutes for most flights. Travellers should also be conscious of which destination they’re flying to, as customers flying with Qatar have 36 hours to check-in but travellers flying with the same airline to the USA have only 24 hours. Customers flying to Geneva with bmibaby also have only 24 hours, whereas to other destinations they can check-in up to seven days beforehand.
Not all the airports offer self-service check-in kiosks with apparently none available at Blackpool International Airport, Durham Tees Airport and Luton Airport. Virgin Atlantic, Flybe and Norwegian.no are the only airlines at London Gatwick that offer a self-service check-in kiosk whereas there are thirteen airlines available at London Heathrow.
Nick Caunter, Managing Director of APH says: “It’s easy to assume airlines and airports all have the same check-in times but this research shows what a wide range there is. We have published this as an aid for savvy travellers in the Know Before You Go section of our website and so they can discover exactly what applies to their flight.”