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Only ticketed passengers to be allowed entry to DXB terminals during the ongoing peak travel period

As part of its measures to minimize crowding at the airport and ensure the health and well-being of its passengers and frontline employees, Dubai Airports has announced that only ticketed passengers will be allowed entry to the terminals at Dubai International (DXB) during the ongoing peak travel period.

An estimated 2 million passengers are expected to pass through DXB between December 29, 2021 and January 8, 2022 with average daily traffic exceeding 178,000 travellers. January 2 will be the busiest day of the holiday season with more than 198,000 passengers expected.

Essa Al Shamsi, Vice President of Terminal Operations at Dubai Airports said, “We always advise friends and families of travelers to say their goodbyes at home instead of coming to the airport. This is even more important now given the situation with the pandemic and the high volume of passengers using the airport during the peak holiday season. If a friend or family member is flying out of Dubai during the next 10 days, people can help us in a big way in minimizing congestion in and around the airport and making travel safer and easier for everyone by simply not coming to the airport to see them off.”

Meanwhile, Dubai Airports has shared the following important tips for customers traveling during the holiday season to ensure a smooth start to their journey.

 

  • Be aware of the latest travel regulations for the destination you are traveling to. Get in touch with your respective airlines and ensure that you have all the necessary documents with the required validity before reaching the airport.
  • Plan some extra time to get to and through the airport as the roads to DXB could get busy during peak times.
  • Arrive at the airport no earlier than 3 hours before your departure if you are flying out of Terminals 1 or 2. Check-in online and use self-service options wherever available to start your journey in comfort.

DXB to welcome 1.8m passengers in the next 11 days

Dubai Airports has issued a passenger advisory alerting travelers about Dubai International (DXB) getting exceptionally busy over the coming days and weeks. According to the operator, as many as 1.8 million passengers are expected to pass through DXB between November 25 and December 5 with average daily traffic reaching 164,000 passengers. December 4 is expected to be the busiest day during this period with passenger numbers likely to surpass the 190,000 mark.

Considering that travel requirements have changed globally due to the pandemic, Dubai Airports strongly urges all customers to:

 

  • Be aware of the latest travel regulations for the destination you are travelling to. We urge passengers to get in touch with their respective airlines and ensure that they have all the necessary documents with the required validity before reaching the airport.
  • Plan some extra time to get to and through the airport as the roads to DXB could get busy during peak times.
  • Arrive at the airport no earlier than 3 hours before your departure if you are flying out of Terminal 1. Those departing from Terminal 3 can beat the queues by check-in up to 24 hours ahead of their departure.
  • Use online and self-service options wherever available to get off to a smooth start to your journey.
  • Say your goodbyes at home as only ticketed passengers will be allowed to enter the departure zone during peak hours throughout this busy period.

LOT Polish Airlines now flies to Dubai, will return to Miami

LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 SP-LVA (msn 64067) LHR (Wingnut). Image: 943499.

LOT Polish Airlines on September 26 launched the Warsaw – Dubai route with SP-LVA, a new route for the company.

An inaugural ceremony was conducted along with special items to celebrate the launch.

The route will be operated three days a week – Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays.

In other news, LOT Polish will return to Miami December 10, 2021 with three weekly Dreamliner flights.

Top Copyright Photo: LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 SP-LVA (msn 64067) LHR (Wingnut). Image: 943499.

LOT Polish aircraft slide show:

airBaltic launches flights to Dubai

airBaltic yesterday launched direct flights between Riga and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. airBaltic now connects both cities with four weekly flights.

Destination served Flight frequency Start date Price *, GREEN Price *, GREEN Classic Price*, Business
Riga–Dubai 4 flights weekly September 27, 2021 339 EUR 439 EUR 1 389 EUR

Flights between Riga and Dubai are operated by the Airbus A220-300aircraft.

Emirates to offer a complimentary Expo Pass if you fly to Dubai

Emirates has made this announcement:

Emirates, the Premier Partner and Official Airline of Expo 2020 Dubai, has launched an exclusive offer for customers to experience the excitement of the World Expo, the largest-of-its-kind event in the region. 

Emirates customers visiting Dubai, and traveling through Dubai, anytime during the much-awaited mega event running from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022, will be eligible to receive a free Emirates Expo Day Pass for every flight ticket booked with Emirates. 

The special offer is valid on all return tickets that include a flight to or through Dubai, for travel dates between October 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022*. The offer is applicable to tickets purchased in First Class, Business Class and Economy Class and extends to tickets booked through Emirates for flights on flydubai and customers travelling to anywhere on Emirates’ global network with a connection time of at least six hours in Dubai. One-way ticket holders whose journey originates outside the UAE are entitled to receive the complimentary Expo Day Pass if travelling to Dubai or onwards to other destinations if the minimum connection time is met.

Whether exploring Dubai solo, as a family, or reconnecting with family and friends, there has never been a better time to visit Dubai than now. Besides being at the epicenter of the largest themed event that promises to bring the world to one destination, visitors to Dubai during the six-month period can expect to enjoy a host of activities and special offers to celebrate the UAE’s golden jubilee, marking the 50th anniversary of the country’s formation. 

The good news does not end here. Travelers with upcoming travel plans and are already in the UAE, including UAE residents, will be pleased to know that they are also eligible to receive a complimentary Expo Day Pass as long as their itinerary includes a journey back to Dubai during the six-month period that coincides with Expo. 

As Premier Partner and Official Airline of Expo 2020 Dubai, Emirates will soon launch various Expo-themed packages to allow its worldwide customers to enjoy the excitement of the 182-day event and experience what its host city of Dubai has to offer.  

Mile-A-Minute Offer

Customers will also earn 1 Skywards Mile for every 1 minute spent in Dubai between October 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022. Existing and new Emirates Skywards members who sign up for the program before March 31, 2022, can avail the offer on Emirates.com, and will earn up to 5,000 Miles. The offer is applicable on all Emirates flight tickets purchased between August 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022, for travel during Expo 2020 Dubai. Emirates marketed, flydubai operated flights with an Emirates (EK) flight number are included in the offer.

Expo Dubai 2020

Expo 2020 Dubai will be the first World Expo ever hosted in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia (MEASA) region. Through the theme of Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, Expo 2020 Dubai aims to inspire people by showcasing the best examples of collaboration, innovation, and cooperation from around the world, through sustainability, mobility, and opportunity. 

The six-month spectacular’s bustling program will be packed with experiences to suit all ages and interests, including a rich line-up of themed weeks, entertainment, and edutainment, while art and culture vultures, foodies and technology fanatics can expect to enjoy exhibits, workshops, performances, live shows and more. Architecture aficionados will be surrounded by inspiring designs throughout Expo 2020. Visitors can drop by their national pavilion for a taste of home, the 190 other country pavilions to experience other cultures and distinctive offerings, or various thematic and special pavilions to get a glimpse of the future and the innovations that are making a difference in tomorrow’s world.

Emirates Pavilion

Travel and aviation enthusiasts can visit the Emirates’ dedicated pavilion to experience the future of commercial aviation in UAE’s centennial year 2071. At the center of this must-see pavilion, visitors can expect to engage in immersive experiences that will provide a glimpse into the future of aircraft cabin design, how the flying experience is being redefined, as well upcoming lightweight materials and technologies that will improve flying performance and fuel economy for a sustainable future. Visitors should also not miss the opportunity to design an aircraft and engage with interactive exhibits that introduce the principles of flight. 

The Philippines Pavilion

The Philippines Pavilion in Expo 2020 Dubai is an architectural marvel designed to evoke the coral reef. The coral reef represents the archipelagic nature of the Philippines and embodies the qualities of the Filipino people that allow them to remain hyper-connected while building vibrant communities in many nations around the world. In celebration of these virtues, the pavilion is appropriately named Bangkóta, derived from the ancient Tagalog term for a coral reef, and is aimed at promoting sustainability.

The Philippines Pavilion promises to highlight the artistry of globally recognized Filipinos at one of the most anticipated international events this year. Led by Philippine National Artist for Music Ramon P. Santos, a diverse selection of the country’s most outstanding artists will showcase their work at the pavilion. Other artists that will showcase their work at the Philippines Pavilion in Expo 2020 Dubai are Lee Paje, Scott “Gutsy” Tuazon, Ivan Sarenas, Dex Fernandez, and many more.

LOT Polish Airlines to fly to Dubai

Delivered on May 8, 2017

LOT Polish Airlines has announced it will be launching Warsaw – Dubai flights starting on September 19, 2021.

The routes will be served with Boeing 737-800s (top) and 787 Dreamliners (below).

Top Copyright Photo: LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 737-89P WL SP-LWA (msn 30682) LHR (Rolf Wallner). Image: 948297.

LOT Polish Airlines aircraft slide show:

The world’s shortest Airbus A380 flight: Dubai – Muscat

Emirates is giving travellers to and from Oman more choice, comfort and luxury with the first arrivals of its double daily A380 services to Muscat.  Flights EK 862 and EK 864 were each welcomed with water cannon salutes upon arrival, ushering in the new services to Oman’s capital, Muscat.

Shortest A380 flight fun facts

The Muscat A380 flights will fly approximately 340 kilometres each way, making them the shortest A380 flights in the world. That is also shorter than the internal wiring of the A380, which when stretched from end to end reaches a distance of over 500km.

The double daily A380 operations underscore Muscat International Airport’s modern infrastructure and readiness to handle aircraft operations.  Over 4.7 million passengers have flown on Emirates between Muscat and Dubai since 1993, equal to the capacity of more than 9,000 Emirates A380s.

Both A380s flying to Muscat will be operated in a three-class configuration, with 429 seats in Economy Class on the lower deck, and 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites on the upper deck.

Passengers travelling across all three classes will enjoy the airline’s award-winning inflight entertainment system, ice. With over 1,500 films across all genres to enjoy on ice, customers will have to fly over 3,000 times between Dubai and Muscat on the Emirates A380 to watch the complete ice film catalogue.

Over 25,000 catering items are loaded on the Emirates A380 for services between Dubai and Muscat, ensuring that customers can enjoy and savour the meals and amenities onboard.

The flight time between Dubai and Muscat, approximately 40 minutes, is 5 minutes longer than the time taken to clean an A380 by a team of 42 people. The twice daily A380 services operate on EK 862/863 and EK 864/865. EK862 departs Dubai at 0825hrs, arriving in Muscat at 0940hrs. The return flight, EK 863, departs Muscat at 1115hrs, arriving in Dubai in the afternoon at 1225hrs. Emirates’ late afternoon flight EK 864 departs Dubai at 1610hrs and arrives in Muscat at 1725hrs. EK 865 departs Muscat at 1905hrs, arriving in Dubai at 2015hrs. Along with the A380 services, EK 866/867, the early morning flight, is operated with Emirates’ modern Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

Emirates has carried over 150,000 tons of cargo between Muscat and Dubai since 2008, which is more than the weight of 260 A380s when each aircraft is at its maximum weight.

Emirates operates three daily services between Dubai and Muscat, connecting passengers to over 150 global destinations in the Far East, Europe and the US. The airline is the world’s largest operator of the A380, with 111 double-decker aircraft flying to 57 cities from Dubai.

*Flight timings will vary slightly during the winter schedule starting in late October.

Video: Piloting the Ethiopian Airbus A350-900 into Dubai

A new video from JustPlanes:

JustPlanes is on the flightdeck of the Ethiopian Airlines Airbus A350-900 (ET-ATY) en route from Addis Ababa Ethiopia to Dubai as flight ET602. On this video you see the pilots prepare for the arrival along with the approach and landing at Dubai International Airport.

 

Emirates implements plans to ensure smooth and punctual travel experience out of Dubai during runway closure

Emirates Airlines has made this announcement:

With the Southern Runway revamp starting tomorrow at Dubai International Airport, Emirates has been working hard to implement measures to further maximise operational efficiencies at DXB and deliver a seamless experience for its customers departing and transiting through Dubai. The Southern Runway Closure at Dubai International Airport will be taking place from April 16 to May 30, 2019.

 

On Time Performance (OTP) is a key factor for smooth operations and a consistent customer experience on the ground and in the air, and is even more critical during the Southern Runway Closure with all flights at Dubai International utilising a single runway. One of Emirates’ key objectives during this period will be to reduce instances of flight delays and disruptions in Dubai and across its destination network. The airline is also placing a substantial emphasis on communication to its customers through a number of channels, to keep them accurately informed of their flight’s status.

Safeguarding Punctuality

Customers travelling during this period are encouraged to arrive to the airport early, and build in enough time to check in, pass through immigration and get to their gates. Customers are reminded to arrive to the airport at least three hours before their flight departures, and passengers can check-in as early as 24 hours ahead of their flights at the airport. Customers can also check-in online from 48 hours to 90 minutes ahead of their departure.

Once customers have cleared check-in and immigration formalities, they are advised to make sure they get to their boarding gates on time. Gates open 90 minutes before departure for long-haul flights, and Emirates has extended the opening time at its gates for short-haul flights to 75 minutes (instead of 60 minutes) to provide ample time for customers to board their flights. For flights departing to the United States, gates open 120 minutes before departure. As always, gates close 20 minutes before departure and timings are strictly followed to ensure flights depart on schedule. These time checks have been put in place to ensure minimal delays during this period.

Joint Efforts to Achieve Operational Excellence

Meticulous planning has been going on for over 14 months, involving collaboration across functions ranging from Flight Operations, Emirates Airport Services, Emirates SkyCargo, Emirates Flight Catering, Service Delivery, Engineering, Commercial Operations and Planning, Contingency Response teams, dnata as well as with external stakeholders, to optimise operations, as well as build in operational flexibility and resilience to mitigate possible disruptions at every juncture.

Taking into consideration the latest flight schedules as well as benchmarking best practices from the Northern Runway closure project in 2014, operational initiatives during the Southern Runway closure period include: procedures for efficient, quick aircraft turnarounds; reducing vehicle movements on the ramp; efficient movement of Cabin and Flight Deck crews to the aircraft; faster transit passenger flow procedures, predictive aircraft maintenance, and prioritising operationally restricted flights.

The Southern Runway closure is happening during one of the quieter operational times of the year, and will be critical to increasing the long-term capacity of Dubai International Airport and maintaining the high-level service levels of the airline, especially ahead of Expo 2020 Dubai and the influx of visitors expected during that period.