Airline checking facilities at Farringdon station

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3425
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Given Farringdon will soon provide direct access to three airports, will you give consideration along the lines of Hong Kong - where passengers are able to check in luggage for flights at the station so removing the need of passengers to transport luggage to airports.

Answer

Answer for Airline checking facilities at Farringdon station

Answer for Airline checking facilities at Farringdon station

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Remote baggage check-in for airport customers would require available space, high levels of security and operational support. The cost of providing this service would need to be weighed up by the airports/airlines to understand if it would be a viable commercial proposition for them. It would also need approval from security regulators.

Remote baggage check-in was launched at Paddington in 1999 for some Heathrow customers and a similar service was set up at Victoria around the same time for British Airways' Gatwick customers.  However, both facilities closed within a few years (Victoria in 2002 and Paddington in 2003), due to a combination of lack of passenger demand and a review following the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.