APH Compares Cost of Seat Allocation on Low-Cost Airlines

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In February 2014, Ryanair followed in easyJet’s footsteps and introduced allocated seating on all flights therefore allowing passengers to choose their preferred seats in advance. To help customers understand the rules regarding pre-booking seats, , Airport Parking and Hotels (APH.com) the UK’s leading airport parking specialist, has compared the allocated seating regulations available across all major European low-cost airlines.

AIRLINE ALLOCATED SEATING STANDARD SEAT RESERVATION COST EXTRA LEGROOM SEAT RESERVATION COST
AerLingus Yes Low FareOnline:

  • £5.00 – £14.00

Airport:

  • £5.00 – £14.00

Plus Fare

  • Free seat selection included

Flex Fare

  • Free seat selection included
Online:

  • £5.00 – £14.00

Airport:

  • £5.00 – £14.00
easyJet Yes Standard FareOnline:

  • £3.00

Airport:

  • Prices may vary and are subject to availability

Plus Fare

  • Free seat selection included

Flex Fare

  • Free seat selection included
Online:

  • Front Row Seats: £8.00

Online:

  • Plus Extra Legroom Seats: £12.00

Airport

  • Prices may vary and are subject to availability
Flybe Yes Essentials PassengersOnline:

  • From £6.50

Airport:

  • From £8.00

Call Centre:

  • From £8.00

New Economy Passengers

Online:

  • Free

Airport:

  • Not available

Call Centre:

  • Not available

Plus Passengers

Online:

  • Free

Airport:

  • Not available

Call Centre:

  • Not available
Essentials PassengersOnline:

  • From £15.00

Airport:

  • From £16.00

Call Centre:

  • From £16.00

New Economy Passengers

Online:

  • From £8.50

Airport:

  • Not available

Call Centre:

  • Not available

Plus Passengers

Online:

  • Free

Airport:

  • Free

Call Centre:

  • Free
German Wings Yes Basic FareOnline:

  • From £10.00

Smart Fare

Online:

  • Free

Premium Fare

Online:

  • Free
Basic FareOnline:

  • From £18.00

Smart Fare

Online:

  • Free 

Premium Fare

Online:

  • Free
Jet2.Com Yes Online:

  • £7.50 – £9.50
Online:

  • From £16.00

Airport:

  • Prices are subject to availability and should be  requested at check-in
Monarch Yes Online:

  • From £3.99
Online:

  • From £9.99
Norwegian Air Shuttle Yes Standard FareOnline:

  • £7.00 – £25.00

Flex Fare

  • Free seat selection included

Premium Fare

  • Free seat selection included
Online:

  • £7.00 – £25.00
Ryanair No Online:

  • £5.00

Airport:

  • £15.00

Call Centre:

  • £15.00
Online:

  • £10.00

Airport:

  • £7.50

Call Centre:

  • £7.50
Thomas Cook Airlines Yes Online:

  • £6.50
Online:

  • £15.00
Thomson Airways Yes Online:

  • £14.00
Online:

  • From £25.00
Vueling Yes Standard SeatBack Row SeatOnline:

  • £4.00

Airport:

  • £4.00

Call Centre:

  • £4.00

Front Row Seat

Online:

  • £6.00
  •  

Airport:

  • £6.00

Call Centre:

  • £6.00

Priority Boarding Seat

Online:

  • £12.00

Airport

  • £12.00

Call Centre:

  • £12.00
Online:

  • £12.00

Airport:

  • £25.00

Call Centre:

  • £12.00
Wizz Air No Online:

  • £5.00 –  £12.00

Airport:

  • £10.00 – £24.00

Call Centre:

  • £5.00 –  £12.00
Wizz Extra SpaceOnline:

  • £9.00

Call Centre:

  • £9.00

Airport:

  • £12.00 – £42.00

Wizz Extra Legroom

Online:

  • £6.00 – £21.00

 

Call Centre:

  • £6.00 – £21.00

Airport :

  • £12.00 – £42.00
Wow Air Yes Wow BasicOnline:

  • £3.00 – £8.00

Airport:

  • Not available

Wow Flex

  • Seat reservation included (standard legroom)
Online:

  • From £11.00

Airport:

  • From £11.00

*The prices are indicative. They might vary by route and date.
*Prices are per passenger/per flight.
*All relevant costs have been converted to pounds using XE Currency Converter.
*Where applicable the prices are based on short-haul trips.

Media Enquiries
Sarah Salord / Jessica Meins / McCluskey International / 020 8237 7979 / aph@mccluskey.co.uk

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