Urban luggage check-in and delivery service AirPortr has secured a £2 million investment from the Stobart Group.
The travel technology start-up will get access to Stobart Aviation’s supply chain, including logistics, aviation services and infrastructure.
AirPortr’s mobile luggage check-in and delivery service was launched with British Airways in October 2016 and is integrated into its booking systems on mobile and desktop for flights from Heathrow and Gatwick airports.
Luggage is collected from passengers’ doorsteps and they next see it in their destination airport.
The Stobart investment is part of a larger funding round and will help fund AirPortr’s plans to partner with more airlines, airports and destinations in the next three years. AirPortr vans will be co-branded with the Stobart Aviation logo as part of the deal.
Randel Darby, chief executive 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, chief executive of Stobart Group, added: “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.”