Belgian carrier VLM has launched an online check-in facility on its website. Customers of the airline are now able to check-in up to 30 hours (and until two hours) before departure.
Says Johan Vanneste, managing director of VLM: "This means that passengers travelling [without checked luggage] can turn up at London City Airport, Rotterdam and Antwerp just 15-20 minutes before the flight takes off."
At Brussels airport passengers are advised to leave at least half an hour because there is a longer walk to the gate. In March VLM will also introduce self check-in kiosks at Manchester and Amsterdam airports.
Passengers will be able to choose their seat and receive boarding passes by swiping their passport or credit card. Vanneste added that he believes the service will also be available at London City in the next few months.
VLM offers over 100 flights per weekday to and from London City Airport and the airline begins a new route on February 26 with direct flights from Manchester to Rotterdam.
Vanneste says: "We have done three new destinations in the last few months so we have always got our hands full. I think in the second half of this year maybe we'll see another new route."
Visit flyvlm.com for more information.
Report by Felicity Cousins