easyJet launches online API
easyJet has launched an online facility to collect certain additional information from all passengers travelling to Spain from 11th June onwards.
Under a Directive from the European Union, carriers are obliged to collect Advance Passenger Information (API) from a passengers’ travel document, such as date of birth, passport number and nationality, prior to travel, on behalf of the national authorities.
The first country to apply this requirement is Spain and therefore airlines must collect this API from ALL passengers travelling from non-Schengen countries (this affects easyJet passengers from UK, Switzerland and Morocco), to Spain, including Spanish nationals returning home.
To avoid disruption at airports over the busy summer period, easyJet is collecting the information prior to departure and has today written by email to the 1 million passengers that have already booked to fly to Spain after Monday 11th June 2007.
As a leading online innovator, easyJet has developed its website to gather this information in advance. Pre-booked passengers are requested to log-on to ‘My easyJet.com’ and add the travel document details. As of today all new easyJet bookings to Spain will automatically request this information.
This information must be provided for all of the passengers on each booking, including children and infants. If passengers do not provide this information they will not be permitted to take their flight.
As a scheduled airline that sells its seats direct to the consumer over the internet, with no travel agent or middlemen, easyJet is well placed to make the necessary arrangements to collect this additional security information in advance and to ensure there will be no delays at check-in desks this summer.