Airport Metro check-in facility kicks off in Delhi
The Airport Express metro line’s baggage check-in facility started functioning on Friday. At 3pm on Friday, Priyanka Sharma, a Mumbaikar, was the first passenger to check in her luggage on the Airport Express metro line. Four months after the launch, the Reliance Infrastructure-led consortium finally got its check-in facility started at two stations on the IGI metro link – New Delhi Railway Station and Shivaji Stadium. Targeted at the airport-bound passengers, R-Infra’s Airport Express metro has been seeing comparatively lower turnout of commuters as it awaited the check-in facility. Three airlines – Air India, Kingfisher and Jet airways – opened counters on Friday. While Air India and Jet have two counters each at NDRS and Shivaji, Kingfisher has only opened counters at the NDRS metro station. The check-in facility is being provided only to domestic passengers at the moment, said airline sources. An R-Infra spokesperson added that there was no timeline to facility being extended to international fliers. The IGI metro link ends at the Indira Gandhi International airport from where passengers need to take a connecting bus ride to the domestic airport. According to airline officials, about 30 people checked in at the counters set up by the airlines during the first hour after the facility started. The figure went up to 95 passengers by evening. Interestingly, passengers who check in at the metro station have to report at the airline help desk at the airport to ensure that their baggage has been checked in and boarded.