APH Compares Checking-In Online at UK Airports

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Following the opening of easyJet’s new self-service bag drop area at Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal earlier this year, the check-in queuing time will now be reduced to less than five minutes. With this in mind, Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) has created a guide comparing the different ways passengers can check-in at UK airports, helping savvy travellers plan ahead and cut down their check-in queuing times.


British Airways
      AIRPORT CHECK-IN        
AIRPORT ONLINE CHECK-IN Options Opening / Closing Times MOBILE CHECK-IN BAG DROP BOARDING PASSES SPECIAL SERVICES ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • London Gatwick North Terminal
  • Opens 24 hours before flight departure
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure
  • Self-service kiosks
  • Staffed check-in desks
  • Opens three hours before flight departure
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure

 

  • Check in from 24 hours before flight departure
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure
  • Only with the British Airways app
  • Opens at 04:00 on the day of flight departure for:
  • First Class
  • Club World
  • Club Europe
  • Executive Club Gold, Silver and Bronze Members

 

  • Opens three hours before flight departure, from 04:00 onwards  for:
  • World Traveller
  • World Traveller Plus
  • Euro Traveller
  • UK Domestic
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure
  • Printed
  • Mobile*

 

*Available if passengers use the British Airways app

  • If travelling in a group of more than 9 people use the kiosk check-in desk
  • If a child is travelling alone, or with someone on a separate booking, use the check-in desk

 

  • Passengers travelling before 15:15 can check in the day before
  • If passengers are travelling with hand baggage only and have already checked in, they can go straight through security to the gate

 

  • London Heathrow Terminal 3

 

  • Opens 24 hours before flight departure
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure
  • Self-service kiosks
  • Staffed check-in desks
  • Opens three hours before flight departure
  • Closes 60 minutes before flight departure for long haul flights
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure for short haul flights
  • Check in from 24 hours before flight departure
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure
  • Only with the British Airways app
  • Opens from 05:00 on the day of flight departure for:
  • First Class
  • Club World
  • Club Europe
  • Executive Club Gold, Silver and Bronze Members

 

  • Opens three hours before flight departure, from 05:00 onwards for:
  • World Traveller
  • World Traveller Plus
  • Euro Traveller
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure
  • Printed
  • Mobile*

 

*Available if passengers use the British Airways app

  • If travelling in a group of more than 9 people use the kiosk check-in desk
  • If a child is travelling alone, or with someone on a separate booking, use the check-in desk
  • If passengers are travelling with hand baggage only and have already checked in, they can go straight through security to the gate
  • London Heathrow Terminal 5
  • Opens 24 hours before flight departure
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure
  • Self-service kiosks
  • Staffed check-in desks
  • Opens three hours before flight departure
  • Closes 60 minutes before flight departure for long haul flights
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure for short haul flights
  • Check in from 24 hours before flight departure
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure
  • Only with the British Airways app
  • Opens from 05:00 on the day of flight departure for:
  • First Class
  • Club World
  • Club Europe
  • Executive Club Gold, Silver and Bronze Members

 

  • Opens three hours before flight departure, from 04:00 onwards for:
  • World Traveller
  • World Traveller Plus
  • Euro Traveller
  • UK Domestic
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure
  • Printed
  • Mobile*

 

*Available if passengers use the British Airways app

  • If travelling in a group of more than 9 people use the kiosk check-in desk
  • If a child is travelling alone, or with someone on a separate booking, use the check-in desk
  • If passengers are travelling with hand baggage only and have already checked in, they can go straight through security to the gate
  • London City
  • Opens 24 hours before flight departure
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure
  • Self-service kiosks
  • Staffed check-in desks
  • Opens at 05:00
  • Closes 20 minutes before flight departure
  • Check in from 24 hours before flight departure
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure
  • Only with the British Airways app
  • Opens two hours before flight departure, from 05:30 onwards
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure
  • Printed
  • Mobile*

 

*Available if passengers use the British Airways app

  • If travelling in a group of more than 9 people use the kiosk check-in desk
  • If a child is travelling alone, or with someone on a separate booking, use the check-in desk
  • If passengers have baggage to check in they should print their baggage tags at a check-in kiosk (even if they have already checked in) and drop the tagged bags at a Bag Drop desk
  • If passengers are travelling with hand baggage only and have already checked in, they can go straight through security to the gate
  • London Stansted
  • Opens 24 hours before flight departure
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure
  • Self-service kiosks
  • Staffed check-in desks
  • Opens at 05:00
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure
  • Check in from 24 hours before flight departure
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure
  • Only with the British Airways app
  • Desks open two hours before flight departure, from 05:30 onwards
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure
  • Printed
  • Mobile*

 

*Available if passengers use the British Airways app

  • If travelling in a group of more than 9 people use the kiosk or check-in desk
  • If a child is travelling alone, or with someone on a separate booking, use the check-in desk
  • If passengers are travelling with hand baggage only and have already checked in, they can go straight through security to the gate

easyJet
      AIRPORT CHECK-IN        
AIRPORT ONLINE CHECK-IN Options Opening / Closing Times MOBILE CHECK-IN BAG DROP BOARDING PASSES SPECIAL SERVICES ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • London Gatwick North Terminal
  • Opens 24 hours before flight departure
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure
  • Self-service kiosks
  • Staffed check-in desks
  • Opens three hours before flight departure
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure

 

  • Check in from 24 hours before flight departure
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure
  • Only with the British Airways app
  • Opens at 04:00 on the day of flight departure for:
  • First Class
  • Club World
  • Club Europe
  • Executive Club Gold, Silver and Bronze Members

 

  • Opens three hours before flight departure, from 04:00 onwards  for:
  • World Traveller
  • World Traveller Plus
  • Euro Traveller
  • UK Domestic
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure
  • Printed
  • Mobile*

 

*Available if passengers use the British Airways app

  • If travelling in a group of more than 9 people use the kiosk check-in desk
  • If a child is travelling alone, or with someone on a separate booking, use the check-in desk

 

  • Passengers travelling before 15:15 can check in the day before
  • If passengers are travelling with hand baggage only and have already checked in, they can go straight through security to the gate

 

  • London Heathrow Terminal 3

 

  • Opens 24 hours before flight departure
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure
  • Self-service kiosks
  • Staffed check-in desks
  • Opens three hours before flight departure
  • Closes 60 minutes before flight departure for long haul flights
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure for short haul flights
  • Check in from 24 hours before flight departure
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure
  • Only with the British Airways app
  • Opens from 05:00 on the day of flight departure for:
  • First Class
  • Club World
  • Club Europe
  • Executive Club Gold, Silver and Bronze Members

 

  • Opens three hours before flight departure, from 05:00 onwards for:
  • World Traveller
  • World Traveller Plus
  • Euro Traveller
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure
  • Printed
  • Mobile*

 

*Available if passengers use the British Airways app

  • If travelling in a group of more than 9 people use the kiosk check-in desk
  • If a child is travelling alone, or with someone on a separate booking, use the check-in desk
  • If passengers are travelling with hand baggage only and have already checked in, they can go straight through security to the gate
  • London Heathrow Terminal 5
  • Opens 24 hours before flight departure
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure
  • Self-service kiosks
  • Staffed check-in desks
  • Opens three hours before flight departure
  • Closes 60 minutes before flight departure for long haul flights
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure for short haul flights
  • Check in from 24 hours before flight departure
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure
  • Only with the British Airways app
  • Opens from 05:00 on the day of flight departure for:
  • First Class
  • Club World
  • Club Europe
  • Executive Club Gold, Silver and Bronze Members

 

  • Opens three hours before flight departure, from 04:00 onwards for:
  • World Traveller
  • World Traveller Plus
  • Euro Traveller
  • UK Domestic
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure
  • Printed
  • Mobile*

 

*Available if passengers use the British Airways app

  • If travelling in a group of more than 9 people use the kiosk check-in desk
  • If a child is travelling alone, or with someone on a separate booking, use the check-in desk
  • If passengers are travelling with hand baggage only and have already checked in, they can go straight through security to the gate
  • London City
  • Opens 24 hours before flight departure
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure
  • Self-service kiosks
  • Staffed check-in desks
  • Opens at 05:00
  • Closes 20 minutes before flight departure
  • Check in from 24 hours before flight departure
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure
  • Only with the British Airways app
  • Opens two hours before flight departure, from 05:30 onwards
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure
  • Printed
  • Mobile*

 

*Available if passengers use the British Airways app

  • If travelling in a group of more than 9 people use the kiosk check-in desk
  • If a child is travelling alone, or with someone on a separate booking, use the check-in desk
  • If passengers have baggage to check in they should print their baggage tags at a check-in kiosk (even if they have already checked in) and drop the tagged bags at a Bag Drop desk
  • If passengers are travelling with hand baggage only and have already checked in, they can go straight through security to the gate
  • London Stansted
  • Opens 24 hours before flight departure
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure
  • Self-service kiosks
  • Staffed check-in desks
  • Opens at 05:00
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure
  • Check in from 24 hours before flight departure
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure
  • Only with the British Airways app
  • Desks open two hours before flight departure, from 05:30 onwards
  • Closes 45 minutes before flight departure
  • Printed
  • Mobile*

 

*Available if passengers use the British Airways app

  • If travelling in a group of more than 9 people use the kiosk or check-in desk
  • If a child is travelling alone, or with someone on a separate booking, use the check-in desk
  • If passengers are travelling with hand baggage only and have already checked in, they can go straight through security to the gate

Emirates
      AIRPORT CHECK-IN        
AIRPORT ONLINE CHECK-IN Options Opening / Closing Times MOBILE CHECK-IN BAG DROP BOARDING PASSES SPECIAL SERVICES ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • London Heathrow Terminal 3
  • Opens 48 hours before flight departure
  • Closes 90 minutes before  flight departure
  • Staffed check-in desks

 

  • Passengers are advised to be at the check-in desk 90 minutes before flight departure
  • Opens three hours prior to flight departure
  • Closes one hour before flight departure
  • Opens 48 hours before flight departure
  • Closes 90 minutes before  flight departure
  • Opens three hours before flight departure
  • Closes one hour before flight departure
  • Printed
  • Mobile

 

  • If a child is travelling alone, or with someone on a separate booking, use the check-in desk
  • If passengers are travelling with hand baggage only and have printed their boarding pass, they can go straight through security to the gate
  • London Gatwick North
  • Opens 48 hours before flight departure
  • Closes 90 minutes before  flight departure
  • Staffed check-in desks

 

  • Passengers are advised to be at the check-in desk 90 minutes before flight departure
  • Opens three hours prior to flight departure
  • Closes one hour before flight departure
  • Opens 48 hours before flight departure
  • Closes 90 minutes before  flight departure
  • Opens three hours before flight departure
  • Closes one hour before flight departure
  • Printed
  • Mobile

 

  • If a child is travelling alone, or with someone on a separate booking, use the check-in desk
  • If passengers are travelling with hand baggage only and have printed their boarding pass, they can go straight through security to the gate

Monarch
      AIRPORT CHECK-IN        
AIRPORT ONLINE CHECK-IN Options Opening / Closing Times MOBILE CHECK-IN BAG DROP BOARDING PASSES SPECIAL SERVICES ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • London Gatwick South Terminal
  • Opens 28 days before flight departure
  • Closes six hours before flight departure

 

  • Staffed check-in desks

 

  • Passengers are advised to be at the check-in desk 90 minutes before flight departure
  • Opens three hours prior to flight departure
  • Closes 40 minutes before departure for short haul flights
  • Closes 60 minutes before departure for long haul flights
  • Opens 28 days before flight departure
  • Closes six hours before flight departure

 

  • Opens three hours prior to departure
  • Closes 40 minutes before flight departure
  •  Printed
  • Online check-in is only available for bookings made directly with Monarch
  • If passengers are checking in within 24 hours of departure, Monarch will automatically assign the passenger and their party a seat
  • If passengers are travelling with hand baggage only and have printed their boarding pass, they can go straight through security to the gate
  • London Luton
  • Opens 28 days before flight departure
  • Closes six hours before flight departure

 

  • Staffed check-in desks

 

  • Passengers are advised to be at the check-in desk 90 minutes before flight departure
  • Open three hours prior to flight departure Closes 40 minutes before departure for short haul flights
  • Closes 60 minutes before departure for  long haul flights
  • Opens 28 days before flight departure
  • Closes six hours before flight departure

 

  • Opens three hours prior to departure
  • Closes 40 minutes before flight departure
  • Printed
  • Online check-in is only available for bookings made directly with Monarch
  • If passengers are checking in within 24 hours of departure, Monarch will automatically assign the passenger and their party a seat
  • If passengers are travelling with hand baggage only and have printed their boarding pass, they can go straight through security to the gate

Ryanair
      AIRPORT CHECK-IN        
AIRPORT ONLINE CHECK-IN Options Opening / Closing Times MOBILE CHECK-IN BAG DROP BOARDING PASSES SPECIAL SERVICES ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • London Gatwick South
  • Opens 30 days before flight departure
  • Closes four hours before flight departure
  • Passengers can print their boarding pass up to two hours before their flight departure
  • Staffed check-in desks
  • If passengers arrive at the airport without a printed online boarding pass, Ryanair can print one for them, but the passengerwill be required to pay a Boarding Card Reissue Fee of £15. This facility is available up to 40 minutes before flight departure
  • Opens 30 days before flight departure
  • Closes four hours before flight departure

 

  • Opens two hours before flight departure
  • Closes 40 minutes before flight departure
  • Printed
  • Mobile*

 

  • *Available if passengers use the Ryanair app
  • Business Plus customers can check in free of charge at the airport
  • If passengers are flying twice with Ryanair within 15 days of each other, you can check in for both flights at the same time
  • London Luton
  • Opens 30 days before flight departure
  • Closes four hours before flight departure
  • Passengers can print their boarding pass up to two hours before their flight departure
  • Staffed check-in desks
  • If passengers arrive at the airport without a printed online boarding pass, Ryanair can print one for them, but the passenger will be required to pay a Boarding Card Reissue Fee of £15. This facility is available up to 40 minutes before flight departure
  • Opens 30 days before flight departure
  • Closes four hours before flight departure

 

  • Opens two hours before flight departure
  • Closes 40 minutes before flight departure
  • Printed
  • Mobile*

 

  • *Available if passengers use the Ryanair app
  • Business Plus customers can check in free of charge at the airport
  • If passengers are flying twice with Ryanair within 15 days of each other, they can check in for both flights at the same time
  • London Stansted
  • Opens 30 days before flight departure
  • Closes four hours before flight departure
  • Passengers can print their boarding pass up to two hours before their flight departure
  • Self-service check- in kiosks
  • Staffed check-in desks
  • Opens two hours before flight departure
  • Closes 40 minutes before flight departure
  • Opens 30 days before flight departure
  • Closes four hours before flight departure

 

  • Opens two hours before flight departure
  • Closes 40 minutes before flight departure
  • Self-service auto bag drop kiosks
  • Printed
  • Mobile*

 

  • *Available if passengers use the Ryanair app
  • Business Plus customers can check-in free of charge at the airport
  • If passengers are flying twice with Ryanair within 15 days of each other, they can check in for both flights at the same time

Virgin Atlantic
      AIRPORT CHECK-IN        
AIRPORT ONLINE CHECK-IN Options Opening / Closing Times MOBILE CHECK-IN BAG DROP BOARDING PASSES SPECIAL SERVICES ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • London Gatwick South Terminal
  • Opens 24 hours before flight departure
  • Closes 70 minutes before flight departure for international flights 

Kiosk Check-In

  • Self-service kiosks
  • Opens at 05:30
  • Closes at 10:30
  • Check in up to 9 people at once
  • Opens 24 hours before flight departure
  • Closes 70 minutes before flight departure

Twilight Check In

  • Passengers can drop bags off the night before, then turn up 50 minutes before boarding the next day with their boarding pass
  • Opens at 17:00
  • Closes at 21:00 the day before flight departure
  • Everyone within the party will need to be present with their documentation for this option
  • Printed
  • Mobile
  • N/A
  • If passengers are travelling with hand baggage only and have printed their boarding pass, they can go straight through security to the gate

 

  • London Heathrow Terminal 3
  • Opens 24 hours before flight departure
  • Closes 70 minutes before flight departure for international flights 

Kiosk Check-In

  • Self-service kiosks
  • Open 05:00 to 21:30 daily

Counter Check-In

  • Staffed check-in desks

Kiosk Check-In

  • Opens at 05:00
  • Closes at 21:30

Counter Check-In

  • If passengers have an evening departure, they can check in when it’s quietest between 15:00 and 17:00
  • Opens 24 hours before flight departure
  • Closes 70 minutes before flight departure
  • N/A
  • Printed
  • Mobile
  • N/A
  • If passengers are travelling with hand baggage only and have printed their boarding pass, they can go straight through security to the gate

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