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  • If the skybridge is charged for, then most low cost carriers opt for the bus. So even if there are a hundred skybridges free, you'll still be bussed.

    The bike swapping scheme is cute, but will be difficult to implement, since arriving and departing passengers have to be separated. You'd have to make two separate streams suitable for bikes and a change over area that you can selectively lock for either stream. You'd also have to provide space for the people not able to ride bicycles.

    • If the skybridge is charged for, then most low cost carriers opt for the bus. So even if there are a hundred skybridges free, you'll still be bussed.

      I believe that Ryanair also deliberately avoids the skybridge, because loading from the ground (even if it's walking from the terminal building), allows them to load the plane from both front and rear, which speeds their turnaround. I notice that their planes now all carry an internal, unfolding, front staircase - i.e. expend fuel getting extra weight into the air on every flight. I assume that this is because the net cost to them is actually less (turn around speed, airport fees, unloading delays if the stairs arrive late)

      The bike swapping scheme is cute, but will be difficult to implement, since arriving and departing passengers have to be separated. You'd have to make two separate streams suitable for bikes and a change over area that you can selectively lock for either stream. You'd also have to provide space for the people not able to ride bicycles.

      Frankfurt, at least that part inside Shengen, seems to be much like Vienna airport, and what I remember of US airports for internal flights, in that there is no segregation of arriving and departing passengers. So such a scheme might work, but it was intended as a joke. (Such schemes have most definitely not worked in UK towns, and were correctly foreseen as becoming jokes, albeit wastefully expensive jokes). Mind you, I'd like to think that Frankfurt Airport's layout was a joke, but sadly that's not true.