Dubai Airport ‘busiest weekend ever December 17-19‘
Time Out Dubai has news of Dubai International Airport busiest weekend of 2015, expected to be December 17-19. Emirates say half a million will travel.
The great Christmas exodus is on, and Emirates have revealed they expect this weekend, December 17-19 to be the busiest weekend of the year at Dubai International Airport, with 535,000 people using the airline.
And you know what that means? Traffic. Lots of it. Both human traffic at check-in, passport control and security, and on the roads approaching the airport.
The information was released this afternoon, giving everyone planning on leaving Dubai in the last few days leading up to Christmas plenty of warning to make contingency plans for the inevitable delays.
Emirates will have additional staff in place to help ease congestion, but the airline has advised people to allow plenty of time for all aspects of their trip, including arriving, parking and getting through to the plane.
As well as increasing staff numbers, Emirates have announced:
- Check-in will open six hours before departure for all flights
- Car park check-in is available from 24 hours before departure
- Double check the details. Are you flying from Terminal 1, 2 or 3?
- Customers who check in less than 60 minutes before their scheduled flight departure will not be accepted
- Special family areas will be created to help larger groups
- Make sure your hand luggage adheres to the rules regarding liquid, gels, lotions and aerosols (in containers no larger than 100ml). Also check out the official Emirates guidelines on cabin baggage.
- Customers who have checked in online are required to check in their luggage 90 minutes before departure
- Boarding begins 45 minutes prior to depature, and closes 20 minutes prior to departure
- Don’t take your hoverboard. Emirates have banned the latest cool toy from all their flights, in your carry-on or hold.
In a statement, Emirates added: '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. Customers who wish to shop at Dubai Airport’s extensive duty free facilities, dine at its many restaurants, and relax in Emirates Concourse A and B lounges are advised to factor in more time into their travel plans.'
Last year, Emirates handled more than 80,000 people on over 240 flights in just one day – December 19 – part of the busiest week ever for Dubai International Airport. Those numbers were up 24 per cent on 2013.
The 2015 figures are hardly a surprise. In June, Emirates revealed that the 5.9million passengers to pass through the airport that month was up 16.7 percent on the previous year.
For those left behind, don’t worry, there is plenty to keep you busy of Christmas and New Year. Check out our definitive guide to Christmas in Dubai.