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Record numbers take to the skies for festive season

Record numbers take to the skies for festive season

Emirates expects this week to be its busiest of 2014, as travellers head home or abroad for the holiday season.

Over 80,000 people will travel each day with Emirates on over 240 flights, according to the airline’s latest booking figures.

This represents an increase of almost 23 per cent over last year.

Mohammed 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 the journey as seamless and trouble-free as possible.

“We have deployed extra staff at the airport to assist our customers, and we ask all travellers to be aware of check-in and gate closure timings.


“They should also allow ample time to get through the various touch-points at the airport, as check-in and gate closure timings will be strictly followed to ensure flights depart on schedule. 

“Customers who wish to experience the excellent facilities in the airport, such as duty free shops and restaurants, as well as our well-appointed lounges for premium passengers, are also advised to factor in extra time into their travel plans.

“Ultimately, our goal is to continue to provide world-class service and an outstanding travel experience and this busy period is no exception.”

Emirates is reminding customers to arrive at the airport at least two hours before flight departure, and plan extra time to get to the airport as there may be heavy road traffic during the holiday period.

Customers who check-in less than 60 minutes to their scheduled flight departure will not be accepted.

These time checks will ensure the minimisation of delays and missed connections.

Transit passengers from flights arriving late into Dubai will be escorted by Emirates’ airport staff to ensure they make their onward connections.

Customers travelling to the United States, Canada and the UK are reminded to charge their electronic devices before getting to the airport, as they will be required to switch on these devices on at the relevant boarding gates where screenings will take place, or risk being denied access to fly.

Across the Emirates network, aircraft upgrades and frequencies have been implemented in order to cope with the high demand over the busy season.