Monday, September 18, 2017

BMTC moots flight check-in on Vayu Vajra buses

Bengaluru: The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) is considering a proposal to facilitate check-in for air travellers during their transit to the airport on its shuttles. If implemented, passengers will get their boarding passes by the time they reach the airport 30 km away from the city .

It is learnt that the transport utility has had at least eight rounds of meetings with the officials of Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) on this from June this year. "A private firm has demonstrated proof of concept on one of the Vayu Vajra buses," an official privy to the development told ET.

A kiosk, which will be installed inside the airport-bound BMTC bus, will have a touch screen with access to all airlines and a printer. This will also do away the need to wait at the counters in the airport.

Providing a kiosk for self check-in is one of BMTC's ambitious plan to improve airport services and optimise the revenue. Other air-conditioned services in the city are apparently making a loss.

"The discussion has already started and is at a preliminary stage. We are talking to the airport authorities. Along with the check-in facility, we are also planning to provide luggage handling service," managing director Ponnuraj V confirmed.
18/09/17 Naveen Menezes/Economic Times