Foreign airlines start offering early check-in at airport MRT Taipei

Taipei, Nov. 15-Several foreign airlines, including Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon, AirAsia, AirAsia X and Philippines AirAsia, began offering early check-in service Thursday at the Taipei Main Station for the Taipei Taoyuan International Airport mass rapid transit (MRT) line, according to the Taoyuan International Airport Corp.

They are the first foreign carriers to provide the service at the MRT linking greater Taipei and the nation’s main gateway, as it is currently offered only for passengers taking Taiwan-based China Airlines, EVA Airways and their respective subsidiaries, Mandarin Airlines and UNI Airways.

Outbound travelers on those airlines will be able to check their luggage and obtain seat assignments and boarding passes before taking the 35-minute MRT journey to the airport, the company said.

The early check-in service, including baggage drop-off, operates between 6 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. every day, and passengers using the service must complete the procedure three hours ahead of departure.

Over a year ago, Taoyuan International Airport has rolled out a new initiative to minimize pre-departure time for travellers. The general procedure requires them to arrive at the airport, two to three hours prior to their flight, to check in their luggages and reserve their seats. For an enjoyable and hassle-free journey, the airport has introduced three new check-in methods for visitors.

The service has so far handled 280,000 pieces of luggage from 300,000 passengers, the company said.