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As from the end of August, Lanseria International Airport will be implementing a self-service technology which will enable passengers to quickly check-in and drop their bags before proceeding directly to the gate without having to visit a traditional check-in counter.

In a first for a South African airport, passengers who have checked-in online or on their mobile device can now tag and drop their bags in less than a minute using information technology specialist SITA’s Scan&Fly self bag-drop units. Scan&Fly’s plug-and-play design allows the bag-drop solution to be easily installed onto existing airport check-in desks, maximizing terminal space while leveraging the speed of self-service.

Airport iValidate will automatically verify all types of boarding passes, including home-printed A4 and mobile boarding passes, increasing security and speeding up the check-in process for passengers.

Behind the scenes, the airport will roll out new baggage reconciliation technology from SITA, tracking baggage to ensure it arrives with passengers at their destination.

Gavin Sayce, CEO of Lanseria International Airport, said in a press release: “Our passengers and airlines have always valued the ease of use when travelling through Lanseria International Airport. The investment in new technology – together with new infrastructure such as the multi-storey parking we are building – is aimed at maximizing this convenience. We want this airport to remain the airport of choice for both airlines and their passengers.”

Apart from private operators, Lanseria International Airport, north of Johannesburg, currently hosts FlySafair, Kulula and Mango who operate flights between Lanseria and Cape Town, Durban and George. The airport handles over 2 million passengers a year and the existing passenger terminal is being extended to accommodate more airlines and flights.