The Airport Metro Express Line will start baggage check-in facility for international passengers from Thursday. The launch of the facility coincides with the Airport Metros first birthday.
International passengers will be able to check-in their luggage and collect boarding pass at New Delhi and Shivaji Stadium stations,up to eight hours prior to the scheduled departure of their flight.
The move will allow passengers to relive themselves of the luggage,and either shop at stations retail outlets or tour the city.
Air India will be the first to offer this facility to its passengers. Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines,which already have their counters at the stations,will soon follow.
Reliance Infrastructure,operator of the line,is in talks with other airlines and more counters are expected to come up at the two stations,officials said.
According to officials,passengers will have to check-in at least two and half hours prior to their flight time. Unlike the airport,at Metro stations passengers will have the liberty of walking out of the station premises after collecting their boarding pass. They can also board the Metro from any other station,or take any other mode of transport to the airport.
The international check-in service at New Delhi and Shivaji Stadium stations will help passengers flying abroad avoid long queues at the airport. International flyers can collect their boarding passes at the Airport Express Metro stations and go for security check at the airport,without any hassle of carrying their luggage,said Anil P Gupta,president of Reliance Infrastructure.
Over 100 retail outlets will also be opened at New Delhi and Shivaji Stadium stations on Thursday.
The high-speed Metro line has a daily ridership of 20,000 commuters.