City luggage check-in service Airportr has secured £2m of funding, with an investment from Stobart Group amongst others in their latest funding round.
AirPortr was founded with one clear aim – to make travel simpler. In 2016 they launched Bag Check-In with British Airways in London. By moving the bag drop desk online, they allowed you to give your luggage to professional drivers at your front door, then relax in your very own departure lounge, safe in the knowledge your bags will be returned to you when you land.
And now, Stobart Group has invested in mobile luggage check-in and delivery service. The unique partnership follows the UK government’s call for evidence to create a new aviation strategy, which included city check-ins for luggage that puts passengers at its heart through improved accessibility, customer experience and security.
Utilising Stobart’s ownership of the entire supply chain including logistics, aviation services and infrastructure, the partnership will create a co-branded logistics solution ‘powered by Stobart Aviation’, that looks to create a new urban handling model, addressing capacity constraints for airlines and airports, while improving the customer experience.
AirPortr’s mobile luggage check-in and delivery service was successfully launched with British Airways in October 2016 and is the first in the world to be integrated into airline booking systems. Bringing the bag drop to travellers’ doorsteps, AirPortr facilitates faster and easier travel by erasing the wasted time and added logistical stress caused by transporting luggage to, from and through airports.
The investment from Stobart, as part of a larger funding round, will support AirPortr as part of the company’s ambitious plans to expand its services with several additional airline partners and in new cities around the world within the next three years.
AirPortr vans will also be co-branded with the Stobart Aviation logo, the first time the superbrand has chosen to display its logo alongside a scale-up.
Randel Darby, CEO and Founder of AirPortr said: "In addition to the credibility of being backed by a FTSE 250 company and one of Britain's best known brands, we are excited to be working with Stobart and the operational expertise that the Group brings. This investment will help us to meet increasing demand for an alternative mobile check-in solution in cities around the world. Airline luggage logistics have long lagged behind some incredible developments in travel technology and we’re proud to pioneer a solution, which we feel could represent the biggest step change since the boarding pass went mobile.”
Warwick Brady, CEO of Stobart Group said: “London airports are at peak capacity and this is having a major knock-on effect on customer experience. We believe that there are opportunities to improve the experience throughout the aviation supply chain; from hassle-free airports, to well managed and efficient luggage handling. We’re excited to support AirPortr, a business with logistics at its heart, to become another key component to a vertically integrated aviation business capable of improving airport capacity.”
AirPortr – the numbers:
£9.3 million equity funding received to-date (venture, accelerator)
£2 million just announced from FTSE 250 Stobart Group, as part of larger scale up round
300% growth in first year with BA
Over 50,000 bags delivered to-date
Anticipating revenues >£10m by 2019
Sights set on £3bn new marketplace with multiple airlines / cities
Luggage porting key facts:
Approximately 83 million UK passengers passed through Heathrow & Gatwick each year
Airport luggage management is complex: Heathrow has enough baggage conveyor belts to reach Westminster and back (30 miles)
AirPortr customers are more likely to use public transport to get to Gatwick & Heathrow reducing road congestion
Six of the seven busiest roads in the UK are in London with road congestion costing the UK £9bn per year
Luggage porting services like AirPortr have been cited as a key solution by the Department for Transport for the UKs new aviation strategy.
AirPortr is currently partnered with Gatwick and Heathrow airports in London and the service is offered to British Airways customers via its online channels and mobile app.
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