Emirates expects a busy travel period ahead of the holiday season, starting from Thursday 12th December until Friday 20th December, with close to 300,000 Emirates passengers travelling from Dubai to destinations beyond.
The busiest time for departures from Terminal 3 will be on Friday 13th December with close to 40,000 passengers expected. Customers are reminded to check-in and arrive 3 hours early to the airport early to avoid any delays.
The Emirates also encourages passengers to allow enough time for check-in:
"Passengers departing from Dubai can physically check in at the airport as early as 24 hours before flight departure, and are requested to check in no later than 2 hours prior to departure, regardless of class of travel. Customers who check in less than 60 minutes prior to their scheduled flight departure will not be accepted for travel. Customers can also check in online on their desktops or mobile devices from 48 hours to 90 minutes before flight departure.
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 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."
Close to 430,000 Emirates passengers are also expected to arrive into Dubai from 20 December until 30 December to celebrate the holidays and New Year period. Emirates passengers arriving into Dubai for the holiday celebrations can enjoy a seamless experience through DXB by using the smart gates to clear immigration quickly as well as pre-book the home delivery baggage service to reduce the wait time at the airport.