Edinburgh Airport and Ryanair trial early baggage check-in service


The month-long luggage check-in trial will be available free of charge to Ryanair passengers who are staying at the Hampton by Hilton Edinburgh Airport hotel.

A new luggage service being trialled at Edinburgh Airport will allow passengers to check-in their bags the night before their flight.

The month-long trial will be available free of charge to Ryanair passengers who are staying at the Hampton by Hilton Edinburgh Airport hotel.

Guests will be asked when checking in if they are flying with Ryanair before 9am the next morning and be offered the chance to check-in on site. Their bags will then be collected by Edinburgh Airport staff.

The luggage will be tagged and handled by security cleared staff members before being screened as normal and being stored in a secure area before being placed into the baggage system in the morning to be loaded onto the flight.

Adrian Witherow, Chief Operating Officer at Edinburgh Airport, said: “Making the journey through the airport as easy as possible is important to us and this trial will make the check-in and luggage part more accessible, meaning passengers can head straight to the departure lounge and start their trip that little bit quicker.

“It’s great that Ryanair and Hampton by Hilton Edinburgh Airport have bought into this trial and we’ll be working closely with each other to ensure the service is smooth and efficient. We’re keen to see how it works over the next month before evaluating and deciding on our next steps.”

Ryanair’s Senior Communications Manager, Alejandra Ruiz, said: “Ryanair is pleased to team up with Edinburgh Airport and Hampton by Hilton Edinburgh Airport to offer our early bag drop off service to Scottish customers, allowing them to save time and streamline the check-in process.

“Ryanair customers can now simply go to the bag drop kiosk in the hotel between 7:30pm and 8:30pm the night before their flight to avail of this service, leaving them free to head straight to departures the next day and relax ahead of their trip.”

Carlo Capaldi, General Manager at Hampton by Hilton Edinburgh Airport, also added: “We are very excited to be working with Edinburgh Airport on this fantastic new project. We look forward to providing this exclusive service to our guests.”


Southwest, GTAA, Air Canada and Avinor help to drive baggage transformation during first FTE Baggage Innovation Working Group online meetings


As part of our efforts to help the industry redefine the baggage experience, Future Travel Experience recently hosted the first round of the FTE Baggage Innovation Working Group online meetings, delivered with the support of our Strategic Partners AirPortr and BagsID Network.

These interactive calls brought together hundreds of industry stakeholders who participated in highly engaging discussions around topics including advancing off-airport baggage collection, check-in and delivery; simplifying baggage infrastructure and processes at the airport; unlocking opportunities presented by modern baggage messaging; and creating new commercial models for new baggage approaches. The forward-thinking groups were led by expert Captains from companies including Greater Toronto Airports Authority, Air Canada, Avinor, Southwest Airlines and Pegasus Aviation Advisors. The recordings are now available to watch in full on the FTE website.

Work is now ongoing to formalise the next steps for each of the Working Groups, and the latest developments and recommendations will be presented to the industry during FTE Global+ 2021, taking place at the ARIA Resort in Las Vegas, 7-9 December. The Working Groups will then continue their work into 2022 and beyond.

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  1. Andrew Sharp

    How are the additional costs covered?