By Andy Sambidge
Emirates launches self service machines in three stations for airline passengers.
Emirates Airline has launched self service check-in kiosks at three Dubai Metro stations, two months after relaxing the rules on luggage allowance on the rail system.
Passengers flying on Emirates can now access their boarding passes and travel directly to Emirates Terminal 3 on the metro using the new machines located at Mall of the Emirates, Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall and Financial Centre metro stations on the Red line.
Passengers only need the reservation code or the ticket number, or their Emirates’ Skywards membership number, to access the service, the carrier said in a statement.
Check-in at the metro stations should be done at least two hours prior to the flight’s departure time, in accordance with Dubai Metro timings, it added.
Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) regulations changed in May to allow passengers to carry up to two luggage pieces each on the metro, provided the first piece does not exceed the size specification of 81cm in width, 58cm in height and 30cm in depth, and the second not larger than 55cm in width, 38cm in height and 20cm in depth.
Initially, only hand luggage was allowed on the rail system but transport chiefs had a rethink.
Mohammed H Mattar, Emirates' divisional senior vice president, Airport Services said: “Self-service check-in kiosks at some of Dubai's metro stations are an innovation that will allow Emirates' customers the convenience to access their boarding pass before they get to the airport.”For all the latest UAE news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
Kuddos to RTA, introducing this convenient service to Emirates Terminal 3 passengers. Its a step forward, which should lead to other carriers at Terminal 1. There will be extra relief to passengers to avoide peak traffic on Shk. Zayed road and reach the airport on time.