|Luton Airport on an Easy Jet Flight|
I have taken a bike on a plane with Easy Jet and with Delta Airlines and both have been reasonably priced and easy to deal with. With Easy Jet flights from Luton, UK to Nice, France and Zurich, Switzerland and Luton, UK the bike fee was only £20 extra which is amazing! With Delta airlines from London Heathrow, UK to Minneapolis St.Paul International the fee was $150 which is also very reasonable for a transatlantic flight.
The general list of what you need to do is as follows
- Deflate Tires
- Remove Pedals (left and right handed threads - get the right size wrench not an adjustable)
- Turn handlebars to be in line with frame 90 degrees from normal orientation
- Put in plastic bag or cardboard box
- Make sure bike is below maximum weight limit of airline
|Nice, France Airport on an Easy Jet Flight|
Check the airlines specific policies and prices on transporting bikes as they may vary. Also, some individual airports have different rules, for example in Zurich Airport we were not allowed to ship the bikes the same was as we had flown them in, even though we used the same airline. Some airports have the facilities to pack your bikes for you at a small cost where as others don't. Sometimes you may have to hunt around for a suitable bike and be creative about how you pack it.
|Zurich, Switzerland Airport on an Easy Jet Flight|
I have not had a bad experience taking a bike on a plane, as long as you are prepared for it and observe the airline and airport rules you should be fine. You can cycle almost anywhere in the world with relative easy by taking a flight somewhere cool and I encourage people to do it as it will give you such a sense of freedom!