Air Baltic introduces airport check-in fees

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Air Baltic has announced that it will introduce a surcharge to customers who opt to check in at the airport.

Effective 1 February, passengers who choose to make use of airport check-in facilities will be required to pay €10 at economy desks and €15 at business class counters.

The charge applies to each individual one-way journey, though members of the Latvian flag carrier's BalticMiles loyalty programme will be exempted.

Announcing the charges at the Airline Business Airline Merchandising, Ancillary Revenue and New Commercial Models conference in London on 24 January, Air Baltic's vice-president corporate communications, Janis Vanags, said the charges were designed not as a revenue generator, but to save time and encourage passengers to use modern technology.

He added that there would be other exemptions from the charges, such as in the Georgian and Uzbek markets, where most of the airline's ticket sales are not made over the internet.

Air Baltic previously introduced €5 check-in fees at airports in November 2009, which Vanags says was a temporary measure designed to encourage passengers to sign up to its exempted BalticMiles programme.