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kd_traveller

I have a return Business Class flight with Etihad to Dublin but now Ireland has compulsory hotel quarantine for a variety of countries including transit through the UAE (and other Gulf Countries).  However, given the cost of hotel quarantine is nearly Euro2,000 it will probably be cheaper to book a new flight with either KLM or Finnair as both of these do not transit through any countries on the Irish quarantine list, although this could change!

I usually fly Business Class these days due to a back condition, but as I will have to buy a new flight, I am wondering if anyone has flown recently on either KLM or Finnair in economy and how busy was the economy section and if there is any real need to fly Business Class if there is only a handful of passengers on each flight.  Also, both airlines are still charging for reserving a seat so is there is any need to reserve a seat if flights are not busy? Finally if flights are not busy, are cabin crew relaxed about moving around seating within the same class and if available being able to use 3 seats to sleep across?

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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IMHO; it's cheating for whatever reason thats one of the main contribution the CV19 virus is still alive. :SteamingMad:

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2 hours ago, Kandinski said:

IMHO; it's cheating for whatever reason thats one of the main contribution the CV19 virus is still alive. :SteamingMad:

Maybe I have not been clear enough, there is NO hotel quarantine requirement for a person coming from Thailand to Ireland, only if you transit through UAE, Qatar, Germany, France and other designated countries (Thailand is not a designated country).  If I transit through Finland or the Netherlands there is NO hotel quarantine requirement as like Thailand they are not designated countries, I am not cheating any system.  I still need a COVID test and have to quarantine at my home in Ireland until a further COVID test in Ireland shows negative.  https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/coronavirus/general-covid-19-travel-advisory/

Simply put Thailand to Ireland via UAE = hotel Quarantine and Euro 2,000 charge for hotel Quarantine 

Thailand to Ireland via Finland or Netherlands = no Euro 2,000 charge for hotel Quarantine as not required.

The question I am trying to answer is whether I really need to buy another Business Class ticket or is there an abundance of space in economy.

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no one can tell you for sure how busy the flight will be. but there's an very high chance that the flight will be mostly empty. and if it's empty, it should be 0 problem to move around to get a good seat (but stay in your seat until boarding is completed, then you can move around as you want. 
what you can do: the airline most likely released their quarterly earning report in the last few days. check their average flight occupancy on international routes, i assume all airlines publish that stat. For Swiss Airlines, it was 27% in the first quarter (which is obviously a disaster for the airline, great for the passenger). 

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No first hand experience but numerous reports I’ve seen say that both airlines are pretty empty out of Bangkok and a bit busier on the second leg.

KLM can be a bit zealous on paperwork.

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