Pop-up counters let you check in before you get to the airport

Pop-up counters let you check in before you get to the airport

Airline passengers will be able to avoid the pre-flight ritual of lugging heavy bags to the airport and around the departure terminal as the world’s first pop-up check-in system enters service.

Devised by Amadeus IT Group, the technology will facilitate check-in for groups of travelers at hotels, schools, conference centers and sports stadiums, the world’s biggest flight-bookings provider said in a statement Tuesday. Bags are taken onward to the airport by truck for the usual security screening.

Virgin Australia will pioneer the service after a successful trial at Sydney’s main cruise terminal, where it allows passengers to enjoy the time before their flight unencumbered by luggage, according to local logistics specialist OACIS, which has partnered with Amadeus.

The system, which utilizes cloud-based technology to remotely access an airline’s passenger-processing system, is likely to rolled out across Virgin airports in Australia and New Zealand over the next 12 to 18 months.

The beauty of the system is that it could be deployed almost anywhere, given its simplicity and lack of permanent facilities.

The UK government’s current consultation on aviation, launched in July, will explore the scope for alleviating airport pinch points through an expansion of luggage portering and in-town check-in.

It cited the example of the Hong Kong Airport Express, which lets travelers drop luggage at the station two days before flying and collect it at journey’s end.



  • reeves35


    20 Sep, 2017 07:36 am

    City check-in will be a great addition.  Obviously the OPT at Circular Quay was a great place to test the system given the number of people who are all heading to the airport at the same time but there will definitely be a place for a permanent facility of this type in CBD areas.  

    It will be interesting to see if this service remains an airline initiative or ends up being controlled by the airport owners so pax on all all airlines can use the same facility.
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  • Dave


    20 Sep, 2017 09:53 am

    I would be interested in the security implications here. What happens when someone checks in their boogyboard bag at a cruise terminal and then suddenly between the terminal and the airport, there is a big bag of "lawn clippings" inside. I get that places like HK you hand off your bag at the train station, but I am betting they have better security measures than a Virgin man with a truck.

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  • Barry


    20 Sep, 2017 01:48 pm

    Who remembers the good old days when you could book-in at the airlines city terminals then catch the airline bus to the airport. 
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