In what could be a big relief for the frequent flyers, Air Vistara has joined hands with DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) and DIAL (Delhi International Airport Ltd) to provide check-in facilities to passengers. After this new agreement, passengers will be allowed to check-in from the New Delhi Metro Station from two to 12 hours prior to their flight. The announcement was made on Tuesday at the launch event which was also attended by the Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani, reported PTI. Air India and Jet Airways already have check-in facilities at the New Delhi and Shivaji Stadium Delhi Metro stations.
Now, the passengers who have already checked in using Vistara mobile app will be allowed to simply drop their baggage at the counter and head to the airport directly, the airline said in a statement on Tuesday. “Those already checked-in using the web or Vistara’s mobile app can simply drop their baggage at the counter and head to the airport directly. Vistara uses secured Baggage Handling System (BHS) to transfer the baggage to the airport terminal,” Phee Teik Yeoh, CEO, Vistara said at the event.
At the event, DMRC also announced that about 500 people are using the check-in facilities for domestic and international flights on Delhi Metro’s Airport Express Line daily, considerably higher than the 40-50 travellers who did so earlier. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) chief Mangu Singh added that he is expecting a jump in that number in the coming days. “The baggage check-in by Air India and Jet Airways, which used to see around 40-50 check-ins per day earlier, touched an all time high of around 500 per day in June. This is an increase of almost ten times,” the DMRC said in a statement.
The 23-km-long Airport Corridor (Orange Line), which struggled to attract commuters at one point, has six stations. Trains run every 10 minutes between 8 am and 8.30 pm and it takes around 20 minutes to reach the IGI Airport from the New Delhi station on this line.