British Airways’ passengers can soon travel to Japan and South Africa without a ticket. From the end of March, electronic tickets (E-tickets) will be valid on services to Tokyo, Cape Town and Johannesburg. Hungary, the Czech Republic, Turkey, and Poland will also come on-line by the end of the month.
The move follows the success of ticketless travel to 14 European countries and 22 destinations in the United States, which shows that more than a third of travellers are taking advantage of the benefits of E-ticket.
E-tickets can reduce the check-in time to less than one minute, with air travellers checking in at a self-service machine using their credit card or Executive Club card.
Passengers with hold baggage travelling from London Heathrow and Manchester can now check-in their luggage within minutes at Fast Bag Drops located close to the self-service machines.
Martin Lock, General Manager E-Commerce, said: “Currently nearly 40 per cent of our passengers who travel on a domestic flight have chosen to fly with an e-ticket and we hope to increase this to 50 per cent by 2001. Take up on international flights is increasing steadily.
“E-ticket is proving popular with business passengers as they don`t need to wait for a ticket to arrive in the post or to queue at the airport. Neither do they have it re-issued even if they change their booking . Better still, you can`t lose an E-ticket. We plan to work with tour operators to promote it within the leisure market later this year.”
The airline plans to extend e-tickets to further destinations throughout the year.