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Dubai Int'l expects 'near-record' passenger traffic this weekend

Airport operator says it is putting on additional staff to keep inconvenience at minimum during holiday rush

Dubai Int'l expects 'near-record' passenger traffic this weekend

The operator of Dubai International Airport has said it expects near-record passenger traffic during the holiday travel peak this weekend.

Dubai Airports said in a statement that it is putting on additional staff, including May I Help You personnel, in a bid to help passengers during the busy period.

It added that it is working closely with airlines, control authorities and concessionaires to ensure passengers experience minimal inconvenience during the holiday rush.

Dubai Airports urged passengers to arrive three hours before their flight to allow time for check-in and passport control.

"Take into consideration daily rush hours and vehicular traffic around the airport and available routes in calculating your commuting time to the airport," the statement said.

"We are preparing to welcome record numbers over the upcoming weekend, so we are encouraging passengers to check-in online, if possible, and arrive at the airport 2.5 to 3 hours prior to flight departure," said Helen Mellor-Mitchell, vice president, Brand & Media Engagement.

Earlier this week, Emirates Airline said it expects high passenger traffic on its flights this weekend as travellers head abroad for spring and holiday breaks.

The carrier said in a statement that more than 115,000 travellers will be passing through Emirates Terminal 3 this weekend, with consistently high passenger loads from Dubai also expected on March 27 and 28.

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