Nov. 8, 2012
Air New Zealand has deployed fast track self-service check-in kiosks for international passengers departing Sydney International Airport for trans-Tasman and Pacific Island destinations, according to TVNZ News.
Passengers can now scan their machine-readable passports at the kiosks and get their boarding passes and bag tags. Those with check-in luggage can drop it off at an area where staff check their ID and scan their bag tags for travel:
Group General Manager Australasia Bruce Parton says the 15 check-in kiosks at Sydney's departure terminal are expected to almost eliminate queuing.
"This is an expansion of the innovation we've been pioneering in New Zealand which has revolutionized the trans-Tasman travel experience," Parton said.
Air New Zealand currently operates kiosk check-in facilities at Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown airports for trans-Tasman passengers.
About 80 percent of passengers choose the self-check method, and airline personnel will still be on hand to assist passengers travelling to destinations other than New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, Parton told the station.
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