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Emirates urges passengers to book early as it prepares for summer travel surge

Emirates is gearing up for a busy summer season with more than 550,000 passengers expected to depart the UAE in June and July on more than 2,400 scheduled flights.

The airline continues to add flights and frequencies to its network and will operate at almost 80% of pre-pandemic capacity during the summer, which translates into more than a million seats a week.

The carrier is reporting accelerated daily booking volumes and is advising customers to plan their summer holidays as soon as possible to ensure they can fly on their desired dates and flights.

As travel continues to recover from the effects of the pandemic, Emirates expects strong demand for services to six UK destinations, nine Indian routes and flights to Cairo, Aman, Manila and Beirut as UAE residents visit family and friends.

Tourist travel to Bangkok, Istanbul, Vienna, Zurich, Nice, Phuket, Singapore, Oslo, Kuala Lumpur, Brisbane and the US West Coast is also expected to be bullish as more countries around the world lift entry restrictions.

From Monday, August 1, passengers traveling from Dubai to London, Paris and Sydney will be able to use the airline’s new Premium Economy Class cabins with dedicated DXB check-in areas and seating in increments of up to 102 centimeters.

The carrier will also fly its A380 aircraft to 35 destinations this summer, so customers can expect the services of its flagship double-decker aircraft, including on-board cabin and shower facilities.

In an effort to provide a smoother travel experience for passengers, Emirates is introducing a “biometric path” at Terminal 3, offering contactless travel from select check-in counters, lounges and boarding gates.

Meanwhile, customers in Ajman and the Northern Emirates can bypass DXB queues and use the airline’s check-in services in Ajman, and from Abu Dhabi, Emirates passengers can take the Emirates bus service, which now runs five times a day.

Updated: June 20, 2022 8:54 AM

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