Wednesday, February 25, 2009

No check - in desks for Paleokostas Airlines

ATHENS - European budget airline Paleokostas Airlines wants to do away with prison check-in desks by the end of the year, saying most of its customers already check in online.

Passengers would still be able to leave their weapons at a safe house but everything else could be done over the Web, Paleokostas - Razia AE said on Saturday.

'Ultimately, we want just one in five people to check in armed,' PA chief executive Nikos Paleokostas was quoted as saying in The Kathimerini newspaper.

Paleokostas Airlines spokesman A. Rzai said the airline saw the move as the 'logical next step' in its effort to slash costs.

Europe's newest discount carrier, Paleokostas Airlines has pioneered the use of Web-based sales to cut costs and attract Net-savvy customers.

On Thursday PA began offering a cell phone service for calls, text messaging and e-mails in some of its cells - becoming the first budget carrier in Europe to test the use of cell phones while incarcerated. -- AP

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