Sometimes, you don’t want to tote your luggage around – be it due to convenience or the joy of transporting it from A to B and dealing with things like stairs (a suitcase’s biggest enemy), SWISS is to expand its partnership with AirPortr, covering the whole of Switzerland.
The baggage service has been available to customers departing from Geneva Airport since last October under a trial phase.
SWISS travellers departing or arriving at Zurich Airport can now also make use of AirPortr’s smart baggage services, to have their bags collected and checked-in, or delivered back to their home or hotel. These services can be booked any time on www.swiss.com.
Passengers can have their baggage collected from their home or hotel up to 23 hours before their flight. They will need to conduct an online check-in to use the service, which will be verified during the collection.
Bags are then sealed to ensure secure transportation to the departure airport, where they are subjected to the usual security checks. Bags are collected in the normal way from the baggage carousel after landing.
Those using the arrival service complete a simple Customs ‘e-declaration’ online, which allows AirPortr to collect and clear the passenger’s bags through Customs, and deliver them to their final address.
Customers are kept up-to-date via email and text at every step of the way. They can track their bags at any time through AirPortr’s web-app, and are sent digital copies of their airline baggage receipts.
SWISS Chief Commercial Officer Tamur Goudarzi Pour said:
“Following our initial success with our new partnership with AirPortr, we can now further enhance our customers’ travel experience,”
“The popularity of this simple ground baggage transport service between people’s homes and Geneva Airport has shown us already that there is a strong demand for coming to the airport less burdened with bags. So we’re really pleased to be extending this attractive option to all our customers all over Switzerland.”
Randel Darby, CEO of AirPortr Technologies: added
“From today, SWISS customers travelling from all over Switzerland can enjoy bag-free journeys to, through and from not only Geneva, but also Zurich Airport. This extension of the AirPortr offering into their main hub is a fantastic step forward in our collaboration with SWISS, having proven the product during a successful six month testing phase. With highly attractive market pricing, we expect to see continued strong growth in demand from Swiss consumers; with baggage-free, intermodal travel to and from the airport now more accessible than ever before.”
So, a service like this will add up – but looking at the cost, it might not be that bad depending on how far you are.
Within the Zurich area, the cost will be CHF 39 (US$39.35, €37.56, £32.19) for two bags. Beyond the Zurich area, the cost increases to CHF 69.00 (US$69.64, €66.45 . £56.95)
Services can be booked any time on www.swiss.com.
Removing the carrying aspect
There have been more than a few occasions where I would love to walk out of the airport with my luggage and not worry about it finding its way back to me, allowing to take any method of transport I want – be it car, train or otherwise.
For those with a need to travel light, it will be a useful enabler.
For Airportr, it’s a big expansion for them as they move beyond offering the service in London. They also partner with Britsh Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Qantas, Cathay Pacific, American Airlines and Finnair.
Covering a whole country is going to be an interesting thing – and it’ll be interesting how it progresses.
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