Dubai: Passengers flying in and out of Dubai are advised to reach the airport earlier than usual due to the high rush of travellers at the end of the week.
The busiest time at Dubai International Airport will be on Wednesday January 2, 2019 as travellers leave after the New Year’s celebrations while others arrive for the Dubai Shopping Festival.
In a statement, Emirates said: “More than 180,000 travellers will be making their way to Emirates’ dedicated Terminal 3 facilities from January 1 – 5, 2019. Roughly the same number of travellers will be arriving into Dubai from December 31 until just after New Year’s Day. The busiest day in the first week of 2019 is expected on Wednesday 2 January”.
Road works will also be happening around the main airport during the time, which will cause further delays for passengers. Emirates urges customers to build in extra time for their journeys to avoid potential delays.
Customers are reminded to arrive at the airport at least three hours before their flight departures. Passengers can physically check in at the airport as early as 24 hours before flight departure, and are requested to check in no later than two hours prior to departure, regardless of class of travel.
“Customers who check in less than 60 minutes prior to their scheduled flight departure will not be accepted for travel. Customers can also check in online on both their desktops and mobile devices from 48 hours to 90 minutes before flight departure,” said Emirates.
In addition to online check-in services, Emirates also offers convenient car park check-in facilities in Dubai with 16 check-in counters located in Zone C. Customers can use these to check in and drop off their luggage. Alternatively, customers heading to Emirates Terminal 3 can choose to drop their luggage at one of the 46 dedicated bag drop counters in Economy Class or separate counters in First Class and Business Class from six hours to 90 minutes prior to departure. Families travelling with small children can use dedicated Family counters in Check in Zone 2.
After checking in, passengers are also advised to make sure they get to their boarding gate on time. Gates open 90 minutes before departure, boarding starts 45 minutes before each flight and gates close 20 minutes before departure. If passengers report late, Emirates will not be able to accept them for travel.
Passengers are reminded that check-in and gate closure timings will be strictly followed to ensure flights depart on schedule. These time checks will ensure minimal flight delays out of Dubai.