Lonely Planet Writer

Flying EasyJet this summer? New deadlines mean you better make it to the gate on time

If you’re the kind of traveller who arrives at  the security gate in a hurry as your plane is being prepared on the tarmac, you need to familiarise yourself with  easyJet’s new rule.

The British low-cost airline carrier has announced that passengers will be refused boarding if they arrive less than 30 minutes before take-off at Gatwick  airport’s security check.

EasyJet introduces new services to Switzerland. Image by RHL Images / CC BY-SA 2.0
Over 15 million passengers fly from Gatwick with EasyJet. Image by RHL Images / CC BY-SA 2.0

Approximately 15 million easyJet passengers fly from Gatwick every year, and the budget airline has asked staff at the airport to reprogramme security barricades so they automatically stop late travellers going through.

EasyJet has launched a crackdown on late passengers
EasyJet has launched a crackdown on late passengers. Image by Getty Images

Unless you’ve taken out £7.50 “missed flight cover” ahead of travel, you may have to pay a £80 “rescue fee” to switch to a later flight. That will make you think twice if you tend to leave your packing until the lat minute or linger over a glass of prosecco with pals before you saunter through security to begin your holiday.

Security check at Gatwick Airport. Image: Gatwick Airport
Security check at Gatwick Airport. Image: Gatwick Airport

The airline has stated that the new measures are to help its drive for punctuality, which is important to its passengers. As departure gates can involve long walks, not to mention time spent in duty free, it has implemented this new measure to ensure that its planes depart on time.

Similar measures are adopted in Heathrow by British Airways  interminals 3 and 5, which has a 35 minute cut-off policy in operation.