The busy travel period is expected to start on April 29. File photo
The busy travel period is expected to start on April 29, with the highest volumes of travellers on the weekend before Eid, but travel is expected to remain high until May 9 and across the two weekends.
The most popular destinations for UAE travellers getting away or visiting friends and family for Eid are London, Istanbul, Manila, Cairo, Paris, Casablanca, New York and Los Angeles.
For travellers based in Ajman and the Northern Emirates, there’s been no better time to skip the DXB queues and take advantage of the airline’s Ajman check-in facility, now open round the clock.
Customers can now check in up to 24 hours ahead of their flight, and up to 4 hours before departure. Emirates has also been working with the Ajman Transport Authority to expand the bus schedule to DXB, and now provides an enhanced check-in experience, complete with medical document checks, boarding passes and they can also fully check-in their baggage ahead of their convenient bus trip to DXB, bypassing the queues and breezing directly to the gate.
Customers who check in less than 60 minutes before departure will not be accepted for travel. Once checked in, passengers are advised to ensure they arrive to their boarding gate on time. Gates open 90 minutes before departure, boarding starts 45 minutes before the flight and gates close 20 minutes before departure. Emirates will not be able to accept passengers reporting late to the boarding gate for travel. Check-in and gate closure timings will be strictly followed to ensure flights depart on schedule and to avoid the impact on operations.
For many people in several countries, air travel can be a major headache. The long queues to have the passport checked, baggage cleared, security checks can really be a pressure on a lot of people. It is particularly a strain and a drain on the
Emirates’ one-of-a-kind flight EK2021 proudly made a journey across the different emirates on Saturday, to celebrate the UAE’s remarkable progress in vaccinating its citizens and residents.
Passengers will be required to apply social distancing guidelines during their journey and wear their own masks when at the airport and on board the aircraft. Travellers should arrive at Dubai International airport Terminal 3 for check-in, three hours before departure.
"Passengers on today's flight to Tunisia were all tested for COVID-19 (respiratory disease) before departing from Dubai," the airline said in a statement. "Emirates is the first airline to conduct on-site rapid COVID-19 tests for passengers."
The Coromandel Express, which runs from Kolkata to Chennai, derailed and fell on the opposite track, with many people still trapped, the reports said.
Sheikh Mohammed added in a tweet on Twitter: "We found its executive director at the service counters, receiving customers, speeding up procedures, and contributing to clearing transactions. The secret shopper assured us that providing the service did not exceed five minutes."
The first lady arrived in Cairo from Amman, where she attended the wedding of Crown Prince Hussein. She is travelling to Morocco on Saturday before heading to Portugal, the final stop of her tour, on Monday.