Spirit Airlines debuts self-service bag drop system at McCarran International Airport


Located in the ticketing concourse of Terminal 1, the new bag drop system speeds up the check-in experience for travellers.

Spirit Airlines has launched its first automated self-service bag drop system at McCarran International Airport (LAS). Located in the ticketing concourse of Terminal 1, the new bag drop system speeds up the check-in experience for travellers by allowing them to pay for and tag their own checked bags using the airport’s kiosks. Travellers then proceed directly to newly installed automated bag belts to present their identification and drop their bags.

The adoption of automated self-service bag drop, widely used in European airports, highlights the airport and airline’s shared vision of allowing travellers to customise and have more control of their travel experience.

“We are pleased to partner with Spirit Airlines as we pilot this new automated self-service bag drop system at McCarran International Airport,” said Director of Aviation Rosemary Vassiliadis. “As a 100% common-use airport, we have a long history of introducing new, customer-focused technologies geared toward enhancing the passenger experience. We look forward to this rollout with Spirit and to expanding this service to more areas of our operation in the near future.”

Mike Byrom, Spirit Airlines’ Vice President of Airport Services, added: “Our growth and investment in Las Vegas has been an ongoing mission for Spirit Airlines. Our partnership with McCarran International Airport to install the first automated self-service bag drop system in Las Vegas is a clear message that we are thinking about every facet of our guest experience with innovative and forward-thinking solutions to elevate our service.”

The news comes as Spirit Airlines continues its investment in Las Vegas with the recent addition of Burbank and Sacramento to its network. On 20 June, Spirit launched nonstop flights between McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas and Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) and Sacramento International Airport (SMF), each running three times daily. Spirit will now have 55 daily departures from Las Vegas to 29 different destinations. In addition to Sacramento and Burbank, the airline will soon be adding Nashville to its network, which will include non-stop service to and from Las Vegas.

“We’re delighted by the growth of direct service to Las Vegas by our partners at Spirit Airlines,” said Chris Meyer, Vice President of Global Sales for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “In the past year, Spirit has added direct service from five new markets, conveniently and affordably connecting both business and leisure travellers to our destination. Whether you’re visiting for work or play, Vegas changes everything by taking every experience to a new level, and we’re thrilled about the opportunity to continually reach more travellers across the country.”


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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