British Airways NCE - lack of Fasttrack

Old Oct 2, 19, 6:45 am
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British Airways NCE - lack of Fasttrack

As one of the largest operators at NCE T1 can someone explain why BA doesn't have Fasttrack for even CE passengers never mind Gold etc. Yesterday (1st Oct) the queues / despite a very efficient service) were still almost 30 min and when you see the fasttrack service offered to almost everyone but BA it begs the question "what have they done to upset the terminal operators"? - just interested to know why !
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Old Oct 2, 19, 6:52 am
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BA don't pay for this - simple
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Old Oct 2, 19, 6:53 am
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Because BA won't pay for it.
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Old Oct 2, 19, 7:00 am
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BA pay for it at most other outstations, anything specific about NCE as to why they won't there? Is it particularly expensive?
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BA probably takes the position that, for the number of PAX they bring to the airport, they should get special treatment on Fast Track pricing

The airport possibly takes a different view, especially if BA has a high number of Fast Track users.
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NCE is just a horrible airport all round, so why be surprised at this lack?
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Old Oct 2, 19, 8:27 am
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Originally Posted by Triyanya View Post
As one of the largest operators at NCE T1 can someone explain why BA doesn't have Fasttrack for even CE passengers never mind Gold etc. Yesterday (1st Oct) the queues / despite a very efficient service) were still almost 30 min and when you see the fasttrack service offered to almost everyone but BA it begs the question "what have they done to upset the terminal operators"? - just interested to know why !
What time/flight was this for ?

I need to resassess whether my travel plans in November are feasible - and a 30min security queue would kill it.

Note : last time I was at NCE was October 2017 for an evening flight and I dont recall any significant queues.

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I don't doubt that security at NCE can involve long queues on occasions, but out of at least 50 departures, I would say mostly I have waited less than 5 min, maybe hitting 10 or 15 min once or twice.
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Old Oct 2, 19, 9:42 am
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For anyone who really wants it, fasttrack can be purchased for Ä10 https://reservation.nice.aeroport.fr...itaire/2?LG=EN
Like fruitcage above, I usually find the normal queue fast enough so I wouldn't bother unless it's an obvious really busy time like Xmas/Easter/Monaco GP
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Old Oct 2, 19, 10:49 am
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Originally Posted by ajeleonard View Post
BA pay for it at most other outstations, anything specific about NCE as to why they won't there? Is it particularly expensive?
It isn't. If it's affordable enough for Easyjet (not to mention AF and most other airlines), you can safely assume that it is priced reasonably. I suspect that the real reason is that NCE has an unusually high number of people who would be eligible because of very large CE cabins (often the max, and sometimes more than the supposed max) and very high proportion of status passengers (It's not unusual to have more than half of both cabins with seats pre-assigned at T-3 which tells you all that you need to know).

Anyway, I do think BA should offer it to passengers even though I don't need it myself.
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Originally Posted by 1P View Post
NCE is just a horrible airport all round, so why be surprised at this lack?
Care to elaborate? And how is it the airport's fault if BA chooses not to pay for Fast track that has been offered there longer than any other French airport except Paris?
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Originally Posted by Triyanya View Post
As one of the largest operators at NCE T1 can someone explain why BA doesn't have Fasttrack for even CE passengers never mind Gold etc. Yesterday (1st Oct) the queues / despite a very efficient service) were still almost 30 min and when you see the fasttrack service offered to almost everyone but BA it begs the question "what have they done to upset the terminal operators"? - just interested to know why !
Let me just greet you to Flyertalk and the BA forum Triyanya. NCE is a popular service on this forum, so the pointers made above come from the regular users. I actually this it's not too bad an airport overall, the layout and sight lines perhaps make it look worse than it actually is, however I manage to avoid using NCE during les heures de pointe. Welcome to the forum.
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.... however I manage to avoid using NCE during les heures de pointe. .
Would you regard 13:00-14:00 on a Monday in November within "les heures de pointe" [rush hour] ? Monday 18th to be precise.
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Old Oct 3, 19, 12:05 am
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Would you regard 13:00-14:00 on a Monday in November within "les heures de pointe" [rush hour] ? Monday 18th to be precise.
Non.
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Originally Posted by PWOZUK View Post
Would you regard 13:00-14:00 on a Monday in November within "les heures de pointe" [rush hour] ? Monday 18th to be precise.
If you are unlucky, it will take you 15 minutes from completed check in (whether online or at kiosk) to gate including security and assuming you canít use the passport machines. 10 or under is more likely.

rush hour would be something like 8.30pm on the Sunday of the Cannes festival or on a Sunday afternoon in mid July when DY are using long haul planes for their ARN and OSL flights at the same time as a full QR and an upgraded LY equipment. Or of course if there is one of the historically traditional (though not for a long time now) AF strike.

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