Manchester airport has launched a new partnership with Airportr, allowing travellers to have luggage collected from their home, office or hotel and checked in at the airport ahead of departure.
The service costs from between £20 and £36 for one piece of luggage (depending on collection location), with additional bags costing £7 each.
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.
To celebrate the new service, customers booking this month will also get a free fast track security pass for the airport.
Up until now Airportr has partnered with specific carriers including Virgin Atlantic, Easyjet, British Airways, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Finnair, at airports including Gatwick, Heathrow and Luton.
But Manchester will be the first airport to partner directly with the firm, meaning travellers with all airlines can avail of the service, and enabling passengers to book and pay online via the airport’s website alongside fast track security, parking and lounge access.
Commenting on the news Randel Darby, founder and CEO of Airportr, said:
“We couldn’t be more excited to see this ambitious project materialise. In combining MAG’s operational and digital capabilities, and our shared appetite to innovate the airport experience, we have been able to create something unique.
“Our new airport-backed model raises the bar in terms of operational delivery and is designed to enable us to add more airlines to the future. This will open up home bag check-in to more passengers – key to our goal of transforming the passenger experience and airport operations.
“Manchester is the UK’s second technology hub and home to its biggest airport outside of London, making it the perfect place for us to realise our ambitions for growth.”