Finnair has launched a trial service with Airportr, allowing customers to check in luggage at any central London address, ahead of departures from Heathrow.
The service costs from £30 for collection and check-in of one piece of baggage with a one-hour slot, and from £40 for four pieces with a three-hour slot.
Airportr launched with fellow Oneworld carrier British Airways in 2016, and is available to all BA customers flying from Gatwick and Heathrow. It was extended to American Airlines flights from Heathrow to the US late last year.
A driver collects and weighs the luggage, scans passengers’ passports and boarding passes, and seals the luggage in coded, tamper-proof cases. Customers are sent IATA bag receipts after airport screening, around 90 minutes before take-off.
There is also the option on flights arriving into Heathrow from Helsinki, for customers to have their luggage picked up from the airport and delivered to their London home or hotel.
Commenting on the news Sari Nevanlinna, Head of Ancillary Business at Finnair, said:
“As an airline committed to innovation, we believe this trial with AirPortr will offer customers a smoother and easier journey, without having to personally take their baggage to the airport and spend time queuing at both check-in and security.
“Based on the upcoming feedback we receive on this initiative, we’ll also look into expanding the service to other markets in the future.”