Dubai’s flagship carrier Emirates, which is seeing increased passenger departures from the city, has issued a travel advisory to passengers, which includes, arriving at the airport early so as to complete formalities smoothly.
Emirates, in its statement, mentioned that as part of Covid-19 travel requirement, increased waiting time is necessary at check-in counters. Hence, those starting their journey in Dubai, will have to arrive early at the airport.
Meanwhile Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi International Airport have also announced that they are likely to witness huge passenger traffic this week during the half-term school break.
Check-in counters will open 24 hours prior to departure of flight from Dubai. Passengers can check-in for their flights and drop-off luggage 24 hours before departure.
For passengers travelling to the US, check-in counters will open 12 hours before the flight. For regular updates, passengers will have to check the UAE airline’s website regularly.
Emirates is currently expecting more than 190,000 departing and arriving passengers to travel through Terminal 3 at the Dubai International this weekend, before the mid-term break in school.
The 15th of October (Friday) is expected to be the busiest day as several customers depart on morning flights although high passenger traffic will begin today and run until 28th October. Furthermore 430,000 passengers will be arriving on Emirates flights during the same period, as most of them will be arriving in Dubai for holidays in time for Expo 2020.
All passengers have been urged to do the following:
- Keep themselves updated of the latest travel requirements and entry rules to their booked destination to ensure quick document verification at the check-in counter.
- Arrive at the airport four hours prior to their flight departure to avoid delays.
- Customers are required to ensure that they have extra time in their journey, so as to avoid congestion when moving towards Terminal 3.
- For physical check-in at the airport, check-in at least three hours prior to departure, irrespective of the class of travel.
- Customers who come less than 60 minutes prior to their scheduled flight departure will not be allowed to travel.
- Passengers can also do online check-in 48 hours to 90 minutes prior to departure of their flight. After online check-in, they will have to visit the check-in counters of Emirates Airline at the airport to collect their boarding pass and for verification of travel documents for their destination country.
- Customers can also use the easy self-check-in and bag drop kiosks to prevent queuing and reduce wait times at the counter for an effortless airport experience.
- Customers can also use Emirates’ biometric path for contact-less journey from specific check-in desks in Terminal 3 to boarding gates, which will require less document checks and queuing.
- All immigration formalities have also been streamlined with biometrics and facial recognition activation at smart gates and tunnel.