The impasse over baggage handling and check-in facilities on the Airport Expressline Metro network has finally come to an end. The service, which missed its May 1 deadline, will finally begin on Friday.
The launch of the check-in system will convert the Delhi Airport Metro Express into a fully-functional airport link metro service—the first of its kind in India.
Civil Aviation ministry sources said the long-pending passenger and baggage check-in facilities will be in place from Friday and passengers will be able to get their boarding passes at one of the two Metro station approved for check-in facilities, before boarding the train to Indira Gandhi International airport. Air India, Kingfisher and Jet Airways are supposed to provide check in services at the metro stations, said the ministry sources.
"We are delighted to provide our commuters with this ultra-modern facility of baggage and passenger check-in at the metro stations. The baggage check-in system will give the passengers a hassle-free and convenient travel experience," said the spokesperson of Reliance Infrastructure, the concessionaire company.
New Delhi and Shivaji Stadium stations will have the check-in facility. At New Delhi station, six counters are currently operational of which two have been occupied by Air India. Jet and Kingfisher are the other airlines that will operate from this station. At Shivaji Stadium station, two of the six counters are dedicated for Air India, said sources.
"The check-in facility will be highly beneficial to the up-country commuters including passengers coming from Punjab, Chandigarh, Agra, Jalandhar traveling with big bags. They can check-in their luggage at the metro stations itself," said the spokesperson.
A proper baggage handling system has been put in place to ensure that the baggage is properly transported to the airport. Commuters can check-in their bags a minimum two hours and maximum 6 hours prior to their flight time.