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Following Dubai Airports' advisory last week, Abu Dhabi Airports is also advising passengers to arrive early for their flights as the summer rush begins in the right earnest.
“As the school holidays have now started, we anticipate around 85,000 passengers will depart from Abu Dhabi International Airport this week. Similar numbers are expected over the Eid Holiday, with 6th, 10th and 11th July forecast to be the busiest days,” Abu Dhabi Airports said in a statement.
“Abu Dhabi Airports advises passengers that E-registration, for the newly launched ‘Smart Travel’ initiative at Abu Dhabi International Airport, is now compulsory, and we therefore urge all travellers to arrive to the airport at least 3 hours before their flight departure time during this busy season,” the statement added.
“We have set up E-registration counters in the check-in areas so that guests can register as they wait to check-in. ‘Smart Travel’ was launched in March this year to enhance the passenger experience by decreasing processing times within the airport by up to 70 per cent,” it said.
Last week, Dubai Airports announced that more than 900,000 passengers are anticipated to pass through Dubai International from June 30 to July 3, and a similar volume of travellers is forecast on the following weekend from July 7-10 around Eid Al Fitr.
“Nearly a quarter of a million passengers will be passing through our facility every day during the two weekends. While we are very happy with the ongoing growth in traffic, we want to make sure that our customers can make the most of the wide range of food, spa & relaxation, shopping choices available at DXB, and have a comfortable and memorable start to their vacation,” said Anita Mehra, Senior Vice President of Communications and Reputation, at Dubai Airports.
Flydubai releases travel tips for passengers
With a significant increase in passengers expected to travel every day with flydubai this Eid break, the airline has compiled a list of its most important travel tips to help travellers maximise this holiday.
Flydubai, which operates from Terminal 2 (DXB) and Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC), is expecting an increase in passenger numbers between Tuesday, July 5, and Saturday, July 9, 2016. Since travelling needn’t be a hassle, follow these simple tips to spend even more time having fun this Eid.
Take your time
Don’t leave it all to the last minute. With up to 125 flydubai flights per day, the airport is going to be busy so allow plenty of time to get there. Aim to be at the terminal at least four hours before departure and remember that check-in for any flydubai flight will close 60 minutes before departure.
It might sound simple but do double check which airport you are departing from before leaving home to avoid a wasted journey on Sheikh Zayed Road.
Queue jump with online check-in
Save time at the airport by checking-in online up to 90 minutes before your flight with online check-in available for all flights departing from Dubai (except Jeddah and Madinah).
Didn’t have time to check-in online? Simply head to one of flydubai’s self-service kiosks between 24 hours and one hour before departure to speed up the process. All passengers need is a booking reference and machine readable passport. Check-in, choose your seat and print your boarding pass at the touch of a button. Passengers with bags to check in, can go the bag drop desk so they can be tagged and accepted for the flight before heading to security.
No one likes having to repack their bags at the airport so be aware of the luggage limits when you pack. Economy Class passengers are permitted to carry up to one item of hand baggage weighing no more than 7 kg on board for free as well as one laptop bag or handbag. Business Class passengers can carry up to two items of hand baggage on board with a combined weight of 15 kg.
Pack any liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) in a clear re-sealable plastic bag and remember that for safety reasons passengers are not permitted to fly with items powered by lithium batteries such as hoverboards, mini segways, balance wheels and solowheels. This applies to hand baggage and checked baggage. For more information about restrictions on the carriage of lithium batteries and other dangerous goods, passengers are advised to read the carrier’s baggage policy available on flydubai.com.
Flydubai’s onboard offering includes an interactive In-Flight Entertainment System for every seat with a choice of more than 2,000 hours of entertainment in Arabic, English, Hindi and Russian. It’s also introduced WiFi connectivity and Live TV for the first time on selected flights. So sit back and relax. You are on holiday after all.