07/02/2018 09:31 AM
Airport check-in service launches at Sydney cruise terminals
They’ll be no more lugging luggage across Sydney for some cruise passengers, thanks to a new deal between Port Authority, Virgin Australia and an innovative mobile airport check-in system.
Cruise passengers at Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal and White Bay Cruise Terminal will now be able to check in to their domestic Virgin Australia flight as they disembark, receive their boarding pass and have their luggage transferred straight to Sydney airport.
Cruise passengers flying on to locations in Australia and New Zealand will now be able to enjoy more time in the city and a hassle-free trip to the airport.
Image: The OACIS system will allow cruise passengers to check in to their Virgin Australia flight at Sydney’s two cruise terminals
Following successful trials last cruise season, the cloud-based service developed by Off Airport Check-In Solutions (OACIS), was officially launched with a special media event held at the Overseas Passenger Terminal on Wednesday 7 February.
Attending at the event were New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey; Port Authority of New South Wales Chief Executive Officer and Director, Grant Gilfillan; and Group Executive Virgin Australia Airlines, Rob Sharp.
Image: Port Authority CEO, Grant Gilfillan and Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey at the OPT launch event
Over 1.5 million passengers are transported to and from Sydney by cruise ship in peak season and many of those who disembark at Sydney’s cruise terminals then fly to another destination.
This new service means tourists can check-in and drop their bags off once their cruise ship has docked, and can then enjoy the freedom to explore the city, bag-free, before taking off to their next destination.