Manchester Airport will introduce a home bag check-in and delivery service for passengers following a tie up with technology firm Airportr.
It is the first time the firm has collaborated with an airport to create a fully integrated bag service.
Passengers will be able to arrange for their luggage to be collected from their homes prior to the date of departure, allowing them to travel to the airport bag-free. The bags will be checked in through to the passengers’ final destinations.
The full service will be available to passengers travelling with partner airlines including Virgin Atlantic, easyJet, British Airways, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Finnair.
Passengers travelling with other airlines can have their bags collected from their homes ready for collection when they arrive at the airport.
MAG will be the first airport operator in the UK to use the Airportr service within its own infrastructure, with baggage processed in a dedicated facility away from the traditional terminal check-in areas.
It will also be the first to digitise the service, meaning passengers can book and pay online via Manchester Airport’s website.
Airportr also has partnerships with airlines at London Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton.
Passengers can choose an allotted one to three-hour collection slot prior to their departure date, and as late as the morning of their flight. A vetted driver will arrive at their home, collect their luggage and take it directly to the airport for check-in and processing. Travel documents are scanned when the luggage is collected, and passengers can follow real-time driver and bag tracking via the use of digital bag tags.
Prices range from £20-£36 for one item of luggage, depending on location, with all additional bags costing £7 each. Customers booking within the first month of the service starting, will also get one free FastTrack security pass.