Airport Metro to begin international check-in



New Delhi: International fliers can now board Delhi's showcase Airport Metro Express 'baggage-less' from Thursday when the much talked about check-in facility for flights abroad at its stations will kick off.

Coinciding with the first anniversary of its operation, the Reliance Infrastructure-led consortium will make this facility available at its New Delhi and Shivaji stadium stations from February 23.

While national carrier Air India will begin check-in of passengers' baggage from Thursday, private carriers Jet and Kingfisher will follow suit.

The facility will allow fliers to check-in their baggage before boarding the Airport Metro Express to reach the new swanky Terminal-3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport. They will be given the boarding pass at the station itself.

The luggage will then be transferred to the train, which has a dedicated space, and directly boarded to the respective aircraft through a conveyor.

"Passengers have to check-in minimum two and half hours prior to their flight time. Fliers can check-in and collect their boarding passes maximum eight hours prior to their flight time," a Reliance Infra spokesman said.

Check-in facility for domestic fliers has been in operation for the past few months on the Airport Metro and the launching of check-in for international fliers has been long overdue.

The 23-km high-speed corridor that allows passengers to reach Airport from Connaught Place in flat 18 minutes currently has a ridership of 20,000 commuters.

The 6 hours early check-in facility will give commuters enough time to explore the retail outlets that Reliance Metro is coming up with, the spokesperson said.

PTI