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Ryanair to phase out airport check-in by October

Ryanair to phase out airport check-in by OctoberRyanair confirmed this week (10th March 2009) that it is to phase out airport check-in by October in a move to make further savings.

The no-frills airline, popular with hostel-staying travelers, said that from 19th March 2009 non-EU citizens, those with mobility restrictions and passengers with checked baggage will be able to take advantage of online check-ins.

By 1st May 2009 online check-in will be compulsory for new bookings and airport check-in will become less routine before eventually 100 percent online check-in will be enforced from 1st October 2009.

Ryanair's Stephen McNamara commented: "Ryanair's move to 100 percent web check-in from 1st October 2009 is a first for the airline industry and is another pioneering move from Ryanair, which will again lower the cost of flying for millions of Ryanair customers."

He added that he had no doubt that passengers would be enthusiastic about this new initiative and the chance to avoid check-in queues will be a bonus.

The savings made would be ploughed into lower fares and innovations in services. Only last month (19th February 2009) Ryanair announced the launch of an in-flight mobile phone service.

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