Hundreds of thousands of passengers are rushing in and out of Dubai International, as the annual post-New-Year travel rush has begun, and passengers who are flying out soon have been advised to brace for crowds and plan their trips accordingly.
Emirates airline said on Thursday that they are expecting large number of travelers today and through the weekend in one of the busiest travel periods of the year.
The airline would not say how many flyers will be taking to the skies this week, but a spokesperson told Zawya that traffic will be exceptionally high.
“[It will be] much higher than the usual passenger volumes,” the airline said.
The first few days of the year are traditionally a busy period for the travel industry, as millions of people worldwide return to work and back into their routine after the holidays. For Emirates, the busiest days are January 1-4, 2020.
Dubai Airports had anticipated more than 1.7 million passengers traveling through the terminals during the first six days of the year. That’s roughly more than 280,000 people every day.
Every year, there are more international flyers passing through the gates of Dubai airport than in any other aviation hub in the world. In 2018 alone, Dubai International welcomed 89 million flyers, making it the world’s busiest airport for international travel.
Emirates said they are expecting outbound travel to peak this week, as visitors return home after the New Year revelries. Incoming traffic is still anticipated due to the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) celebrations.
For those heading to the airport, airlines have advised allowing ample time for check-in and immigration procedures, preferably at least three hours before departure.
“The airport will be busy, so give yourself plenty of time and arrive at the correct terminal at least three hours before your flight,” budget carrier flydubai advised its customers.
Emirates also issued a series of advisories on social media on Thursday, reminding flyers to plan their journeys to avoid delays.
“Customers are encouraged to use the Dubai Metro when traveling to Dubai International during peak travel period and are allowed to carry two pieces of check-in baggage on board,” the airline said on Twitter.
The Dubai Metro is running for extended hours during the travel rush.
On Thursday and Friday, commuters can catch a train from 5am to 3:30am between Rashidiya and Dubai Multi-Commodities Centre (DMCC) stations, and from 5:30am to 3:30am at all Green Line stations.