Spirit Airlines has launched Las Vegas airport's first automated self-service bag drop system, as the ultra low-cost carrier marks a network expansion from the Sin City today.

The new bag drop system will help expedite the check-in process for passengers, says the Miramar, Florida-based airline.

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Spirit's new self-service bag drop in Las Vegas

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Spirit already offers self-bag-tagging at a majority of its largest cities, and chief executive Ted Christie previously said that the airline continues to work on initiatives to speed up the check-in and bag-drop process at airports, and was testing self-bag-drop.

"Our partnership with McCarran International airport to install the first automated self-service bag drop system in Las Vegas is a clear message that we are thinking about every facet of our guest experience with innovative and forward-thinking solutions to elevate our service," says Spirit's vice-president of airport services Mike Byrom.

The airport indicates that Spirit's self-service bag drop is the beginning of such initiatives at Las Vegas. "As a 100% common-use airport, we have a long history of introducing new, customer-focused technologies geared towards enhancing the passenger experience," says Rosemary Vassiliadis, the director of aviation for Nevada's Clark County. "We look forward to this rollout with Spirit and to expanding this service to more areas of our operation in the near future."

Las Vegas is Spirit's second largest city in terms of capacity, after its base at Fort Lauderdale, Cirium schedules data show. The airline launched new nonstop service to Burbank and Sacramento today, increasing its daily departures to 55 flights serving 29 cities.

In October, it will link Las Vegas with Nashville. Spirit says its Las Vegas capacity will have grown almost 50% as of July.

Source: Cirium Dashboard