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Rail link could see check-in at Glasgow Central Station


Passengers going to Glasgow Airport are likely to be able to check in for their flights at Central Station, once the airport - city centre rail link opens. The system already works at some major airports, including Heathrow. Passengers may even be able to offload their bags at the station up to 24 hours before take-off, which would mean travellers could still use it for early morning flights.

Once built, the Glasgow Central - Airport Link will see journeys taking 15 minutes via Paisley. City transport officials believe the check-in facilities at the Central Station would be a major boost for the rail link, scheduled to open in 2008. If passengers checked in their luggage at the station, it would allow them to turn up at the airport far later than those arriving by car.

Alistair Watson, Strathclyde Passenger Transport (SPT) chairman, and the man leading plans for the £140million airport rail link, went to Hong Kong earlier this year to see the system in action. He said: 'I was very impressed by what I saw in Hong Kong and we would be silly not to pursue check-in facilities in Central Station.'

'Any check-in facilities would have to be within the station concourse and I would be delighted if we could make a case for airport authorities, and especially airlines, to go for check-ins at Central.'

Check-ins at Central would also help the rail link to overcome its early morning problem. Trains will start running at 06:00, making it difficult for passengers to use the rail link catch early morning flights.

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