Getting off the plane is just another stress point in the passenger experience, and some people would be willing to pay extra to get to the head of the line.
…In a recent OAG and FlightView survey of 2,339 users of the FlightView mobile app some 22 percent of respondents indicated they would be willing to pay a premium for “early deplaning privileges.”
This one will not happen. Not even on Spirit or Allegiant.
- It would be terribly difficult to enforce.
- It would increase the time it takes to deplane passengers.
Deplaning an Etihad Flight at a Remote Stand, Abu Dhabi
Let’s assume there was an easy way to handle the queuing of those who had paid a premium for early deplaning, the airline still won’t want to do it. It will be far more costly to the carrier that adopted such a policy than the revenue that would be raised.
The value of the plane, even for a short while, exceeds the fees you’d generate. If you increase the time it takes to turn an aircraft, you reduce its utilization, and need more planes to meet the same schedule.
What’s more, lengthier deplaning times mean a longer required minimum connection time (or more passengers missing their connections), which further reduces the efficiency of an airline operation, especially in a world of re-banking hubs.
Longer connecting times mean a given airline’s connections are less attractive when consumers are choosing whom to fly. Trips appear to take longer. Trips sorted by duration appear lower on the booking screen, even when price is the same. That means consumers are less likely to buy, so revenue for the airline is lower.
Deplaning an American Airlines Flight at a Remote Stand, Paris
The article does point out, though, that passengers are already paying a premium for early deplaning and in a manner not disruptive to airline operations which is probably the simplest reason there won’t be a discrete fee for it: “When airlines charge for seat assignments, the first rows in the cabin are sold for a higher price.”
That’s the only manner in which this hypothetical fee will manifest itself.