State-of-the art auto-bag-drop units now here

5 Jul 2019

Wellington travellers are now able to check-in their luggage using state-of-the-art technology with seven new auto-bag-drop units now operational at Wellington Airport.

The units match a facial scan with a passenger’s passport details, simultaneously checking a bag’s size and weight and create a tag in a matter of seconds. In other airports, the units have reduced check-in queues by more than 20 minutes and improved check-in accuracy.

Developed by Sydney-based organisation ICM Airport Technics, the units are currently available for Qantas and Singapore Airlines passengers.

Wellington Airport general manager aeronautical operations Ayolt Wiertsema says the technology will streamline the check-in process for travellers: “Last year, we installed self-check-in kiosks for Qantas and Singapore Airlines passengers. These units build on that and are part of our focus to give passengers more control over the check-in process.”

Richard Dinkelmann, chief executive officer of ICM, says: “We’re excited to be expanding this world-class technology in New Zealand and confident that our products and solutions will deliver exceptional benefits to the airport, the airlines and passengers.”

Wellington Airport will be the second airport in New Zealand to install ICM’s Auto Bag Drop units, with Air New Zealand operating the units in Auckland Airport’s international terminal since 2015.