International Connection Baggage Tag Through Available at PEK/CAN
By Jacky Liu, WCARN.com | Jun. 20, 2012
It is reported that international passengers of Air China Limited transiting at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) and those of China Southern Airlines Co., Ltd. transiting at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN) have been able to enjoy the convenience of "check-in all the way, baggage tag through" service starting from June 15, 2012. Some of the international passengers flying to different Chinese cities transiting at these two airports only need to have their baggage checked once at the departure airports where the checked baggage will be delivered directly to the final destinations. When transiting at PEK or CAN, passengers only need to go through customs formalities without retrieving or re-checking the luggage.
On June 14, Beijing Capital Airport Customs, Beijing Capital International Airport and Air China signed a three-party cooperation memorandum to launch the "baggage tag through" service for passengers who switch from international flights to domestic flights at PEK. On the same day, Guangzhou Customs, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, and China Southern also had the launching ceremony of a new supervision model of "tag through flights" for China Southern international passengers transiting at CAN. The customs, airports and airlines signed related agreements on businesses such as the procedure and baggage supervision for the "tag through check-in" and "baggage tag through" services at PEK and CAN. From now on, passengers of Air China flying from Frankfurt, Germany, Milan, Italy, and Stockholm, Sweden to Chinese cities via Beijing are able to enjoy the service. In the meantime, part of China Southern's passengers flying from domestic airports to foreign destinations via Guangzhou, or flying from foreign airports to domestic cities via Guangzhou can experience the service at CAN as well.
Approved by the General Administration of Customs of China, the supervision model of "tag through flights" has been tried out starting from June 15 for outward passengers of Air China transiting at PEK and outward passengers of China Southern transiting at CAN. The supervision model of "tag through flights" has also been experimented and implemented for part of inward passengers of Air China transiting at PEK and inward passengers of China Southern transiting at CAN. As for other airlines and airports, the new model is temporarily suspended while the current supervision model is still effective.
The nature of the "tag through check-in; baggage tag through" service is to transfer the passengers' work of retrieving and re-checking their baggage at transiting airports to airlines who will carry out background operations for the passengers. Air China and China Southern will load the checked baggage of inward passengers with connecting flights on the inspection equipment provided for the customs by the airports, and will help passengers complete a series of baggage inspections carried out by customs officers. After the customs officers grant baggage clearance, transiting passengers only need to complete the relevant quarantine inspection, frontier inspection, and customs entry formalities. Passengers will be able to board the plane after security checks.
In order to make it more convenient and smoother for passengers transiting from international to domestic flights, the customs, airports and airlines cooperate closely and seek to improve and perfect the procedures of "tag through check-in" service, and to enhance their investment in hardware facilities. This move can save time for transiting passengers, make their travel more convenient and relieve their burdens. A relevant superintendent of Air China expressed that after being implemented for a while, this service will be expanded to more cities.
As one industry insider pointed out, the airports in Beijing and Guangzhou are two important international air hubs in China. It is significant to promote the seamless transiting service and to reduce redundant services procedures, which is very helpful to improve and promote the airports' attractiveness and appeal for surrounding passengers and international transiting passengers. The launching of this service has broken through the bottleneck of constructing the hubs, and will definitely promote the constructing course of the two large international air hubs of Beijing and Guangzhou.
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