Virgin unveils drive-thru check-in at Heathrow

Virgin unveils drive-thru check-in at HeathrowVirgin has unveiled its latest offering to improve the passenger experience at Heathrow Airport, a new state-of-the-art drive-thru check-in facility.

Plans are in place to get the new service underway by winter in Terminal Three, with the new Terminal Five building set to open early next year.

Virgin Atlantic’s in-house design team joined forces with Foster & Partners to design the facility, which comes as part of BAA’s refurbishment and expansion plans for Terminal Three.

Virgin’s check-in area will feature a new elegant glass fronted annexe building and will be wider and more spacious than its current offering.

The airline’s upper class check-in staff will meet flyers on arrival, as they step out of their chauffeur-driven cars.

A Virgin Atlantic spokesman said: "From check-in through to their departure gate, passengers will have a fast, efficient and stress free journey, which will relax them for the start of their trip and save them precious time at the airport.

"We estimate that it will take the majority of our passengers under 15 minutes to check in and get through to the departure lounge and even less time for our upper class passengers."

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