Virgin Atlantic has launched a partnership with Airportr, allowing customers to check in luggage at any central London address, ahead of departures from Gatwick and 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.

The carrier is the latest in a series of airlines to launch Airportr services, including Cathay Pacific in December.

Airportr launched with British Airways in 2016, and is available to all BA customers flying from Gatwick and Heathrow. It was subsequently extended to fellow Oneworld carrier American Airlines flights from Heathrow to the US, followed by Finnair services from Heathrow last summer, and more recently Easyjet flights from Gatwick (and subsequently Luton) .

A driver collects and weighs the luggage, scans passengers’ passports and boarding passes, and seals the luggage in coded, tamper-proof bags. Customers are sent IATA bag receipts after airport screening, around 90 minutes before take-off.,