Emirates expects record travellers this weekend

Emirates expects over 535,000 passengers to travel with the airline through Dubai International Airport this weekend, as part of the pre-Christmas rush

Over 535,000 people will be travelling with Emirates over the period between December 17-19 as part of the pre-Christmas rush
Over 535,000 people will be travelling with Emirates over the period between December 17-19 as part of the pre-Christmas rush

 On Friday December 18 alone, over 34,000 people are expected to check into Emirates’ dedicated Terminal 3 facilities, the airline said in a statement.

It added that over 535,000 people will be travelling with Emirates over the period between December 17-19 as part of the pre-Christmas rush. This represents an increase of almost 14 percent over last year during the same period.

Overall, the busiest day for the airline is expected on Friday although high passenger traffic is expected to remain at peak levels until the end of this month.

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This year, top destinations out of Dubai include Beirut, London, Bangkok, Istanbul, Karachi and Cairo. Emirates also expects large passenger volumes to come into Dubai from London, Karachi, Mumbai, Milan and Delhi.

Mohammed H Mattar, divisional senior vice president, Emirates Airport Services said: “With record breaking numbers of passengers flying with Emirates this week, it is our mission to make their journey as hassle free as possible.

"Additional staff will be on hand at the airport to assist and provide guidance to customers. Due to increased passenger volumes at check-in and security screenings, we ask all travellers to ensure they are aware of check-in and gate closure timings.”

Emirates is reminding customers to arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before their flight departs, and factor in extra time to arrive to the airport in case they experience heavy road traffic.

Customers are also urged to check-in online and then use the convenient baggage drop facilities to expedite their airport experience.

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