Over 372,000 Emirates passengers to fly from Dubai airport during Eid weekend

The busiest time for departures in Terminal 3 will be on Friday, August 9



Dubai airline Emirates has urged passengers to arrive early at the Dubai airport during the Eid holidays as it anticipates heavy traffic during the period.

The UAE has declared Eid holidays from Saturday, August 10 until Tuesday, August 13 for that public and private sector workers in the country.

Peak travel is expected to start on Thursday, August 8 in the evening and continue until Saturday, August 10, with over 372,000 Emirates passengers travelling from Dubai, the airline said in a statement.

The busiest time for departures in Terminal 3 will be on Friday, August 9 with close to 100,000 passengers travelling through Terminal 3 at DXB.

Emirates reminded passengers to arrive at the airport at least three hours before their flight departure to avoid any delays.

The airline also warned of possible delays with expected traffic congestion and road works around Terminal 3 during the time.

Passengers can physically check in at the airport 24 hours before flight departure.

Those who check in less than 60 minutes prior to their scheduled flight departure will not be accepted for travel, the airline said.

Passengers can also check in online on their desktops and mobile devices from 48 hours to 90 minutes before flight departure.

Emirates also offers a home check-in service which allows passengers to check in for their flights from anywhere in Dubai. The service is available for passengers across all classes and enables them to complete the security check and check-in from their home.

The airline also offers car park check-in facilities, which can be used to check in and drop off luggage.

Emirates also has 46 dedicated bag drop counters for economy class in Terminal 3 and separate counters for first and business class.

There are also dedicated counters for families travelling with small children 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 stressed that it will not be able to accept them for travel.

Check-in and gate closure timings will be strictly followed to ensure flights depart on schedule, the airline said.