Flybe passengers jetting away this summer can now use Wi-Fi from BT Openzone at six of the airline’s 12 lounges. Travellers can now surf, work, game or make cheap VoIP calls using any wireless-enabled device, at the airline’s lounges in Belfast, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Gatwick and Glasgow. Passengers can connect to the web via the BT Openzone landing page.
The service is free to 4.8 million BT broadband customers with inclusive BT FON Wi-Fi minutes, BT Openzone subscribers, plus O2 iPhone and mobile broadband users with access included within their contracts. Other travellers can buy a BT Openzone voucher online at www.btopenzone.com
Jim Eaton-Terry, product manager for Flybe, said: “Flybe lounges allow you to enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks and now stay connected using the wireless internet now available in all our lounges.”
Chris Bruce, general manager, BT Openzone, said: “Business travellers want to be productive before their flights and holidaymakers are armed with wireless devices. With access in the UK, plus overseas hotspots, we’re providing more Wi-Fi where travellers want it, allowing them to keep in touch on the move.”
BT is seeing huge demand for Wi-Fi in the leisure and hospitality sector. Customers can also connect 400,000 residential and commercial hotspots in the UK and Ireland including BAA airports, BA lounges, Caffè Nero, Hilton, Thistle and Ramada Jarvis hotels and Starbucks coffee stores.
BT Openzone access costs as little as ½p per minute. Despite the lowering of EU mobile roaming rates, Wi-Fi from BT Openzone is still cheaper. Using the BT international Wi-Fi voucher, users can surf for as little as 12p per megabyte.