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Taoyuan Airport to allow check-ins at HSR stations

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taoyuan International Airport yesterday announced an expansion of its check-in services by adding six more airlines for which passengers can check their luggage at a Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) station to increase travel convenience and control traffic flow at the airport.

Self-service check-in kiosks may also be added to select mass rapid transit (MRT) stations this fall, according to the Ministry of Transportation and Communications.

Although passengers of EVA Airways and China Airlines can already pre-check their luggage at the Chingpu Station on the Taiwan High Speed Rail, starting October at the earliest, the airport will provide prior check-in for flights on six mainland China-owned carriers China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Air China, Hainan Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Shandong Airlines.

With the ongoing construction of the Taoyuan International Airport MRT station, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications may also emulate Hong Kong International Airport by erecting check-in kiosks at Taipei Main MRT Station and the Wugu MRT station.

Such services may be expanded to Taipei County and areas farther from the city center, so passengers do not have to come to the main station in order to check-in.

Last December, China Airlines launched its self-service check-in kiosk at the Chingpu Station, allowing passengers to print out their boarding pass and check-in their luggage. EVA Airways followed suit early this year, with a shuttle arriving every 20 minutes to transport passengers to Taoyuan International Airport. An estimated 600 passengers a day use such services to increase the efficiency of travel.

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