Travelling for spring break? You'd better get to the airport early...
Emirates has put out a PSA for all those travelling from Dubai International Airport.
Travellers flying out of Dubai this weekend are being warned to brace themselves for the spring break rush at DXB.
Dubai-based airline Emirates says the busiest time for departures will be on Friday March 23 in the morning, continuing through to Saturday and Sunday.
The airline recommends arriving at the airport at least three hours before your flight departs. You can actually check in as early as six hours before departure (and get some serious duty-free shopping done while you’re at it).
Just make sure you’re all checked in no later than two hours before your flight time, as passengers who try to check in less than 60 minutes beforehand will not be allowed to travel.
Remember, there are road works and infrastructure enhancements happening around the main airport roads and highways, which means you may need to build in extra travel time to avoid potential delays.
Here are some more tips for a smooth Dubai departure…
– Be sure to check which terminal you are departing from before leaving home. Check dubaiairports.ae for your flight status.
– Arrive early at the airport. It is best to leave a minimum of three hours for check-in and passport control. Take into consideration daily rush hours and available routes in calculating your commuting time to the airport.
– Download the UAEWallet app, and register your details so you don’t have to use your passport to get through the gates (and saving time in the process).
– Make sure your suitcase complies with Dubai Airports’ strict baggage regulations. Remember, only bags that have a flat surface will be checked in.
– Make sure all liquids, aerosols and gels in your check-in baggage are in a clear re-sealable plastic bag. Each item should not be more than 100ml, and the total content of all items should not be more than one litre.
– Take off all metal items – like watches, belts, etc, before you go through the security screening. Perhaps put them in your hand luggage before you even get to the security area to save time.
– Check in online (when possible) or use the self-service check-in kiosks in the departures hall.