Passengers on no-frills airline Easyjet will now have the chance to jump the queue at boarding on flights for a charge of between £2.50-£7.50.
The charge means that up to 20 passengers per flight will be among the first to board and have a greater choice of seats.
Until now Easyjet has operated a free seating policy where passengers were boarded in groups of 30 depending on how soon they checked-in. The new system will allow some passengers to have a wider choice of seats to either get extra legroom or be in a position to get off the flight more quickly.
The new ‘Speedy Boarding’ can be booked online and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis – the scale of charge depends on the length of flight and departure airport.
Easyjet chief executive, Andy Harrison, said: ‘Speedy Boarding does exactly what it says on the tin. The first 20 people to book can pre-board, before families with small children, and they have the widest choice of seats.’