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Dubai airport gears up for busiest days of the year

DUBAI, June 26, 2018

Ranked as the world's busiest international airport, Dubai International (DXB) is about to get busier with over 1 million travellers expected to pass through its facilities in the next few days.

Eugene Barry, executive vice president commercial, Dubai Airports, said: “We are about to face the busiest days of the year here at Dubai International. It is predicted that 28 June is going to be the first of our busy days during the summer holiday. The weekend of the July 5 to 8 is anticipated to be a busier time as the majority of local schools are breaking up for the summer. We expect during those few days to welcome over 1.1 million travellers.”
In order to handle that many passengers in such a concentrated period, departments across the airport began preparations many weeks ago, learning from previous years and a wealth of experience.
Talking of the specific changes being implemented in the passenger facing areas Essa Al Shamsi, vice president Terminal Operations, Dubai Airports, said: “Preparations within the airport for the upcoming peak have been ongoing for the past couple of weeks. The entire operations team has been working closely with all our service partners to ensure a seamless journey for customers, from the moment they arrive at DXB to the moment they leave."
Behind the scenes is equally as important, especially with that many people checking in, travelling through and arriving, all with luggage. Director of Baggage Service Delivery at Dubai Airports, John Dyett, commented on how well equipped the facilities are at DXB to manage the influx: “Here at Dubai International we have three distinct baggage systems in the terminals, their combined length is around 175km of baggage system. This has the capacity to handle around 25,000 bags in a single hour.”

Once through the formalities, the departures area of DXB has enough to keep everyone happy, even for that extra hour or two factored in to avoid the rush.

"For those travelling in the next few days, we would advise passengers to get to the airport early and encourage them to use the latest technologies we recently added, like the Smart Gates, to expedite their journey,” Al Shamsi said.

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