Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 19 August 2019

Arrive at Dubai International Airport early to beat the Eid Al Adha holiday rush, warns Emirates

Around 100,000 passengers are expected to travel through DXB's Terminal 3 on Friday alone

Dubai International Airport is expected to be busy this Eid Al Adha. Reuters
Dubai International Airport is expected to be busy this Eid Al Adha. Reuters

Emirates is encouraging travellers to arrive at Dubai International Airport three hours before their flight departs this weekend, as the airline prepares for a busy Eid Al Adha.

Friday, August 9, is expected to be the busiest day of travel, with about 100,000 passengers due to pass through the airport's Terminal 3. However, peak travel is expected to begin on the evening of Thursday, August 8 and continue until Saturday, August 10. Emirates is projected to carry more than 372,000 passengers over this period.

To avoid delays and counter anticipated traffic caused by roadworks around Terminal 3, passengers are being asked to build extra travel time into their schedules.

Emirates is encouraging passengers to arrive at the airport three hours before their flights depart this weekend. Courtesy Emirates 
Emirates is encouraging passengers to arrive at the airport three hours before their flights depart this weekend. Courtesy Emirates

How should I check-in?

Emirates customers can physically check-in at the airport up to 24 hours prior to their departure and are being urged to check-in no later than two hours before their flight this weekend. Those checking in fewer than 60 minutes prior to their flight will not be allowed to travel.

Customers can also check-in online between 48 hours and 90 minutes before their departure time. Alternatively, they can use Emirates’ Home Check-in Service, which is available to those travelling on all classes and allows them to complete security checks and check-in before they set off for the airport. This service can be booked up to 12 hours before a flight.

Both check-in and gate closure timings will be strictly followed to ensure flights depart on schedule this weekend, Emirates warns.

Passengers are advised to get to their boarding gates in good time. Gates open 90 minutes before departure, boarding starts 45 minutes before each flight and gates close 20 minutes before departure.

If passengers report to the gate late, Emirates will not be able to allow them to travel.

Updated: August 6, 2019 04:02 PM

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