Emirates have revealed they expected over 115,000 people through Terminal 3 this weekend as the great Spring break exodus begins.
As schools kick-out for the holidays on Thursday, many families are expected to escape the UAE for a few days. March 27 and 28 are expected to be the busiest period at Dubai International Airport.
In a statement to those taking flight, Emirates asked customers to arrive at least three hours before departure, as well as allowing for extra time on the journey from home to the airport.
'Passengers can physically check in at the airport as early as six hours before departing on their flight,' the release read. 'Customers who check in less than 60 minutes prior to their scheduled flight departure will not be accepted for travel.'
Emirates also announced they have eased restrictions on online check-in, opening up the service now 48 hours before departure, giving travellers double the time usually allowed.
'The increased lead time offers customers greater flexibility to choose their seats, and reduces waiting times at the airport as boarding passes would already be in hand,' the statement continued. 'Passengers can then drop their luggage at online check-in counters before heading straight through to immigration and security.'
The last time Emirates went to these lengths to help ease congestion was the week before Christmas when they anticipated a record weekend at the Terminal. Back in December, the airline forecast a staggering 535,000 people would pass through the airport on just a single weekend.
And in January, Dubai International was named the busiest airport in the world for the second year running, handling more than 70 million passengers in the first 11 months of last year. On top of that, an astounding 2,287,167 tonnes of cargo were handled.
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