EkA380 From Egypt, joined Aug 2008, 120 posts, RR: 7 Reply 5, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1891 times:
Quoting PEET7G (Reply 4): I think it would be nicer if they would concentrate on providing self-check in at more and more destinations, especially where they have more flights/day (like FRA, MUC, BKK, PVG, etc)
I do agree with you on this , it will really make a difference as for example in LHR there are like 5 daily EK flights , so at least 1000 pax are being processed per day so with the introduction of a self-service kiosk there will help ease congestion.
SW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6072 posts, RR: 10 Reply 6, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1877 times:
Quoting shamrock321 (Reply 2): If you have a bag you still have to bring it to the bag drop counter, so great for those without luggage, not so great for those with luggage.
While it's particularly nice for people without bags, I think it could still be nice for people WITH bags. It must still be quieter to check-in at a metro stop than the airport, even if you have to bag drop. Even if it saves a few minutes and a longer line, I would do it.
Talaier From Spain, joined May 2008, 490 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1774 times:
To be honest I'm not that convinced this actually works. It ran in Madrid for quite some time a few years ago (you could check in your bags at the station in the centre of Madrid right to your final destination) but it lost popularity with the Internt and the online check-in. Airlines abandoned it after a while and, as far as i know, it's still in disuse.
I know it was recently introduced in London's Paddington station (terminus for the express train to Heathrow) but there are only a few self´-check in machines, pretty much like in Dubai. But even with that most people check in at home or at the airport.
However I believe once the mobile phone boarding pass takes off, there will really be no need for these machines any more...but still nice initiative though.
directorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1569 posts, RR: 12 Reply 11, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1554 times:
If I'm savvy enough to use a self check-in kiosk at a metro station, I'll probably know how to check-in online anyway. What EK should do is open a 'downtown' terminus somewhere on Sheikh Zayed Rd. to serve travellers living in the new communities outside Dubai. There, they can check-in, collect their BPs and then get on a bus/train to the airport and save themselves an unpleasant commute esp. during rush hour.
EkA380 From Egypt, joined Aug 2008, 120 posts, RR: 7 Reply 13, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1388 times:
Quoting AirIndia (Reply 12): But the trouble is that while desigining the Metro and the Airport respective entities (RTA and DAC) did not provide for
- Dedicated luggage rake in the train
- Special arrival and depature area that goes to airside
- Luggage handling
One needs a dedicated airport-central station line to support the above, a normal metro line cannot be used.
Very true , as without a reliable means of transportation for the baggage this idea which will unfortunately not be valid.
I really do hope if Emirates decides to transfer to DWC that they equip the pink line metro trains with a specail car for baggage so that a downtown check-in would be done.