Flybe launches through check-in for Virgin passengers

12 Jan 2010 by Mark Caswell

Passengers using Flybe services to connect onto selected Virgin Atlantic flights can now check in their bags to the end destination.

For example, if you're flying from Newquay to Gatwick with Flybe, then Gatwick to Las Vegas with Virgin, you can say goodbye to your bags in Newquay and pick them up in Las Vegas.

The launch of a through-check-in agreement between Virgin and Flybe also means you don't have to check-in for a second time at Gatwick, as boarding cards for both flights can be issued at the very start of your journey.

The agreement is only valid on transatlantic routes to the Caribbean, Orlando and Las Vegas via Manchester or Gatwick airports.

The service launched at the end of December and Flybe says it "is proving very popular".

"The through tagging of bags and issuing of all boarding passes at the Flybe regional airport of departure is a much sought after bonus for passengers not only for its sheer convenience but also as it dramatically reduces passenger transfer time at connecting airports," said Flybe.

"The service allows passengers to remain airside throughout their journey, rather than having to check-in for a second time at connecting airports."

Flybe also offers this passenger through check-in service to British Airways, Brussels Airlines and Etihad passengers.

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