Team shortlist19 Jun 2017 AT 01:40 PM

Emirates expecting over 106,000 passengers over Eid weekend

The airline is urging passengers to arrive at DXB early
Team shortlist19 Jun 2017 AT 01:40 PM
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Travel, Emirates, DXB Airport, News
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Travel, Emirates, DXB Airport, News
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If you’re one of the 106,000 passengers that Emirates is expecting to pass through Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport this weekend, then it might be a good idea to arrive early.

The airline is expecting higher than usual passenger traffic from Wednesday June 21, as people jet off on holiday for Eid weekend. According to the latest figures there will be 106,000 people passing through, with 37,000 Emirates passengers on Friday, June 23, making it the busiest day of the long weekend.

Passengers are being urged to arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before their flight is due to depart. There are heavy roadworks and construction around the highways so you might want to leave some extra time to get to the airport. Check-in will open six hours before departure, and passengers are recommended to check in at least 90 minutes before take-off. Check-in will close 60 minutes before departure.

To make sure things run smoothly, Emirates also said in a press release: “Along with checked in baggage, passengers are strongly advised to adhere to carry-on baggage weight limits, which are 7kg for Economy Class and 14kg for Business and First Class.  Staff will be checking the weight of carry-on bags at various touch points before passengers board their flights.”

And, of course, if you’re travelling to the US, you should make sure that your electronic devices are inside your check-in luggage.

With such a high volume of passengers, DXB Airport is currently looking into ways to ease the crowds in the future. Pretty soon you’ll be able to use your smartphone as a passport, which will make moving through the airport much quicker. The Emirates Smart Wallet will allow you to save personal information such as your Emirates ID, passport and e-gate card.

The smart system comes just weeks after the Dubai International Airport launched its “Together” initiative which aims to enrich passenger experience at the city’s main airport.

To do so, it has secured the help of its partners: Dubai Customs, Dubai General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), Dubai Police, and Dubai Airports.

Together they aim to create innovative and practical solutions to any problems currently faced in the airport based on “6s” – speed, smart, safety, security, saving and service.

Some of the changes that all passengers can look forward to when flying out of DXB international could include simpler check-in processes as well as baggage drop-off and tracking services.

Speaking on the news, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer Adel Al Redha said: “Last year, over 57 million passengers flew on Emirates, to Dubai or through Dubai, and that number continues to grow. To us, the hub experience and sustaining our growth is very important.”

He added: “Making use of technology and bringing new initiatives to life is key to building our future and staying ahead of competition. By working together we have a great opportunity to fast-track these initiatives and overcome challenges to improve the Emirates customer journey at our Dubai hub.”

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