Dubai: Dubai International (DXB) will remain exceptionally busy over the rest of the holiday season and well into the New Year, Dubai Airports said on Tuesday. The operator is urging passengers to plan their trips to and through the airport and follow travel tips to ensure a smooth airport experience.
Over the next eight days starting December 27, nearly 2 million passengers are expected to pass through DXB, with average daily traffic reaching as many as 245,000 passengers. January 2 is expected to be the busiest day with traffic exceeding 257,000 passengers.
“DXB’s average daily passenger numbers have risen almost back to pre-pandemic levels on the back of strong recovery throughout 2022, making this latest seasonal peak one of busiest since 2019,” Dubai Airports said in a statement.
Dubai Airports is working closely with airlines, control authorities, and commercial and service partners to ensure a smooth airport experience for arriving and departing passengers. The operator has urged travellers to follow a few simple tips to beat the holiday rush:
- For those travelling with families, children over the age of 12 can use Smart Gates to speed up the passport control process.
- The roads to the airport could get busy during peak times. It is best to plan some extra time to get to and through the airport.
- If you are flying out of Terminal 1, arrive at the airport no earlier than 3 hours before your departure.
- Use online and self-service options wherever available to get off to a smooth start to your journey.
- Those travelling from Terminal 3 can use Emirate’s convenient early and self-service check-in facilities.
- Weighing luggage at home, checking documents in advance, and being prepared for security checks can save a lot of time at the airport.
- Use the Dubai Metro to get to and from the airport. Dubai Metro, which has stations at DXB’s Terminal 1 and Terminal 3, will be operational round the clock from December 31, 2022, to January 1, 2023.
- Say your goodbyes at home as typically only passengers are allowed inside the terminals during peak periods.
- Friends and families are advised to use the airport’s designated car parks or valet service to receive their guests in comfort as access to the arrival forecourt in Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 are limited to public transport and other authorised vehicles.
December has been exceptionally busy for DXB due to a combination of factors including the seasonal influx of visitors, the recently concluded World Cup football event in Doha, and Dubai’s position as one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations.