Massive Airport Traffic This Weekend At DXB, Emirates Warns

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    Emirates anticipates high passenger traffic this spring break weekend starting 29 March. In case you’re traveling this weekend, make sure you reach the airport 3 hours in advance.

    What’s It?

    The year’s first official holiday- spring break is here and the Dubai International airport is gearing up to brave the massive crowd. Residents flying out of Dubai have been warned that DXB terminals will be more crowded than usual. The region’s national carrier Emirates airlines is expecting more than 200,000 passengers on 29 March, most of them taking off for the Spring break.

    According to Emirates, terminal 3 will be busiest on 29 March with over 42,000 passengers taking off from the country. “Customers are reminded to arrive at the airport at least three hours before their flight departure to avoid any delays,” the airline said. Apart from this, over 205,000 passengers will be exiting the terminal on 2 April. So, in case you’re traveling this weekend, make sure you head to the airport well ahead.

    Spring break in UAE schools officially begins from 31 March. The next official holiday in the UAE is expected to fall on 3 April on the occasion of Al isra’a Wal Mi’raj. An official announcement is awaited, however.

    Also, Emirates now has reduced baggage by 5kg for Special and Saver economy tickets. Special economy fared will enjoy 15 kgs instead of 20 whole Saver will get 25kgs instead of 30. Business, First Class, Economy flex and flex plus passengers will continue to follow the same baggage rules. 

    What Else?

    Meanwhile, here’s the complete list of  UAE holidays this year.

    Tuesday 1 January: New Year’s Day

    Wednesday 3 April: Isra’a Wal Mi’raj (Prophet’s Ascension)

    Monday 6 May: Start of Ramadan

    Tuesday 4 June: Eid Al-Fitr

    Sunday 11 August: Arafat (Haj) Day

    Monday 12 August: Eid Al-Adha

    Friday 30 August: Hijri (Islamic New Year)

    Sunday 10 November: Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday

    Saturday 30 November: UAE Commemoration Day

    Monday 2 December: UAE National Day

     

    Vaishnavi Venkataraman
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