As the travel industry recovers from the pandemic's effects, Emirates is gearing up for its busiest summer yet, with over 550,000 passengers expected to depart from the UAE on over 2,400 weekly network-wide departures between June and July. As it ramps up its summer schedule, the airline continues to add flights and frequencies where possible, and will be operating at close to 80% of its pre-pandemic capacity, or over 1 million weekly seats, this summer to meet demand.
As the summer holidays approach, daily booking volumes are increasing, and Emirates is urging customers who haven't planned their vacations or made travel arrangements to do so now to ensure they can travel on their preferred dates and flights. Because many customers have been waiting almost two years to travel, Emirates is working hard to ensure a fantastic onboard experience as well as a smooth ground journey.
This year, UAE visitors would also visit family and friends in Emirates' six UK destinations, Cairo, Amman, Emirates' nine Indian points, Manila, and Beirut. As more countries open up for tourism and remove entry restrictions, leisure travel traffic from the UAE will be at an all-time high, with thousands of travellers, mostly families and couples, heading to Bangkok, Istanbul, Vienna, Zurich, Nice, Phuket, Singapore, Oslo, Kuala Lumpur, Brisbane, and the west coast of the US for extended summer vacations.
Customers who use the airline's biometric path in Terminal 3 for a contactless journey from select check-in desks, Emirates lounges, and boarding gates can expect a quick experience. For a more seamless and contactless airport experience, the airline has also introduced other technology-centric services at DXB, such as self-check-in and bag drop kiosks. Customers on Emirates can now use one of 25 mobile check-in ports to get their boarding cards, weigh and tag their bags, and have any questions answered by check-in staff, reducing their wait time.
Customers from Ajman and the Northern Emirates can avoid the DXB lines by using the airline's Ajman check-in facility, which is open 24 hours a day. Emirates customers can now board the airline's five-times-daily bus service from Abu Dhabi.