Qantas offers passengers on domestic flights the option to block adjacent seats and remain empty on the flight.

He added the cost of a ‘Free Neighborhood’ benefit, which starts at A$30 (€20.45) on the shortest route, and said the airline will limit its availability on each flight.

48 hours prior to flight, customers will be sent an email offering options, if available, and must pay to book at that stage.

“Even after boarding the aircraft, it may be necessary to change seats for operational, safety or security reasons, so we cannot guarantee neighbor-free,” said Qantas.

The airline has confirmed that passengers will be refunded if seats cannot be kept.

Qantas isn’t the first airline to allow air passengers to have extra space in the seat next to them.

In 2017, Etihad Airways launched a ‘neighbour-free’ seat scheme. This gives the customer the option to enter the price they are willing to pay to keep the seat next to them empty.

Space-loving flyers were told they could bid for up to three adjacent seats.

In March 2021, Emirates also launched a scheme that allows passengers to pay to keep up to three empty seats next to them.

“Available seats can only be purchased at airport check-in counters prior to flight departure. Prices range from AED 200 to AED 600 (€55 to €164) per vacant seat, subject to applicable taxes depending on flight sector. will be added,” the airline said in a statement.

“Emirates has introduced this new seating product based on customer feedback to address the needs of a range of customers seeking more privacy and space while flying in Economy Class,” it said at the time. rice field.

SriLankan Airlines offers a similar feature within 48 hours of a customer’s flight time, and Eurowings adds a ‘free middle seat’ to bookings starting at €10 to save queues for aisle or window passengers. Empty the middle seat.

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