DXB preparing to welcome 2.1m passengers over 10-day school holiday break starting


Dubai Airports has issued an advisory alerting traveller that Dubai International (DXB) will experience an exceptionally busy 10-day period as a result of schools breaking for half-term holidays later this week.

Passenger numbers at DXB are rising rapidly towards 2019 levels on the back of strong recovery throughout 2022, making seasonal peaks busiest since the pandemic. According to the operator, some 2.1 million passengers are expected to pass through DXB between October 21 to October 30, with total average daily traffic reaching 215,000 passengers. October 30th is expected to be the busiest day with daily traffic exceeding 259,000 passengers.

While Dubai Airports is working closely with airlines, control authorities, and commercial and service partners to ensure a smooth airport experience for arriving and departing passengers, the operator has urged travellers to follow a few simple tips to beat the holiday rush.

  • Be aware of the latest travel regulations for the destination you are travelling to and ensure that you have all the necessary documents with the required validity before reaching the airport.
  • For those travelling with families, children over the age of 12 can use Smart Gates to speed up the passport control process. 
  •  If you are flying out of Terminal 1, arrive at the airport no earlier than 3 hours before your departure. Use online check in wherever available to save time.
  • Those travelling from Terminal 3 can use Emirate’s convenient early and self-service check-in facilities.
  •  Weighing luggage at home, checking documents in advance, and being prepared for security checks can save a lot of time at the airport.
  • Use the Dubai Metro to get to and from the airport.
  • Friends and families are advised to use the airport’s designated car parks or valet service to receive their guests in comfort as access to the arrivals forecourt in Terminal 3 is limited to public transport and other authorised vehicles.
  •  Once at the airport, travellers can enjoy DXB’s full range of facilities including restaurants, duty free shopping and lounges to relax before their flight.

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