Those travelling to a meeting or conference on business can feel the pressure, so their travel arrangements really must work. Time is money for business travellers and those in the MICE sector, and our punctuality record shows that we continue to get our passengers to the destination on time more than any other carrier.
We don’t need a round of applause when we arrive on time – it’s just what we do. Our satisfaction comes from knowing our passengers reach their destination on time and in time for their meeting or conference.
Here's my top time-saving tips to ensure that even the most under-pressure executive will be sure to arrive on time and able to focus on business.
Allow plenty of travel time
Failure to plan could mean missing the flight, so plan the best way to get to the airport and leave in plenty of time. Last-minute phone calls or emails to send? Pre-booking a taxi or travelling by train provides a little extra time to get all that stuff out of the way en route. For a stress-free start to the trip, book an airport hotel the night before the flight.
Check out the check-in policy
Seasoned executive travellers simply haven’t got time to be hanging around for hours in between check-in and take off. Choose airlines with a short check-in prior to departure to reduce time wasted in the airport.
Back-to-back business travellers keep a suitcase packed and ready to fly complete with toiletries, business cards – even spare underwear! The regular traveller keeps their passport and travel details in an easy-to-remember spot: they want to avoid a frenzied search with the cab waiting outside.
Save time using a mobile phone for check-in. Take a screenshot of the boarding QR code for easy access and no paperwork at the airport – ensuring, of course, that the mobile in an easy-to-reach place, not buried somewhere in the bottom of a bag.
Pack light…but pack what’s needed
All our flights include 20kg of checked baggage in addition to carry-on items, but for short trips seasoned travellers ensure they travel light. However, many a stressed-out executive has found themselves wasting valuable time running around an unfamiliar city seeking a bow tie or a posh frock because they forgot to pack for the conference Gala Dinner. Pack wise, pack well.
Be airport savvy
Spend the time in the security line usefully by removing belts, putting metal objects (keys, watches, coins etc.) in one place. Gents should untie their laces or, even better, wear slip-ons. Keep boarding passes and passports ready to be checked and unpack laptops, iPads and Kindles.
Research the destination
Do a little research to find out what’s around the hotel or conference centre and don’t be shy to ask the hotel concierge for the nearest ATM or free Wi-Fi spot.
bmi regional serves 20 destinations in eight European countries. One-way fares start from £38 per person. See www.bmiregional.com