No Frills


CHEAP AND CHEERFUL: Low-cost airports for low-cost airlines

Europe's budget airline passengers have become used to seats that don't recline and onboard bottled water that costs extra. Coming soon: the no-frills terminal. As early as 2006, airports in Marseille and Geneva plan to open terminals catering to low-cost airlines; Kuala Lumpur and Singapore may follow.

"Don't expect carpeting," warns Loïc Chovelon, spokesman for Marseille Provence Airport, which plans to spend up to 314.5 million to convert an old cargo facility into a spartan self-service terminal. Passengers will collect their tickets from automated booths and, after clearing security, tag their own bags and hoist them onto conveyor...

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