Transferring between terminals and dashing to a far-flung gate at the airport is stressful. Skycop, a flight delay claim management company, is looking to alleviate this with the launch of segways and hoverboards to get you there faster.
Marius Stonkus, CEO of Skycop, explains: “We are here to help the ‘deceived passengers’ by making their trip from one terminal to another a whole lot easier.”
Skycop has pledged to invest €700,000 during the first stages and station 100 segways and 100 hoverboards ready for rent at the busiest European airports. Travellers will be able to rent them for €3 to €5 for 30 minutes or €7 per hour.
“Based on our calculations, of the 900 million yearly passengers in Europe, 10% of them would use a time-saving service,” Stonkus says.
Distances between terminals at the biggest European airports such as London Heathrow or Paris Charles de Gaulle can be as long as 5km.
“Even though, all of the flight times are arranged as well as managed by the airlines, companies take zero responsibility if passengers are lost and miss their flights – providing no directions or other help and only minding their own business,” Stonkus comments.
He adds: “We believe that hoverboards can be a solution not only for those who have extremely short amounts of time to get to the gate, but also for those whose flight has been cancelled or delayed. Instead of sitting in the waiting hall, passengers could wander around the airport visiting its shops, trying different services or examining the architecture.”