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Dubai Taxis consider offering check-in facilities for airports

Passengers will have bags weighed, boarding passes issued by drivers

Dubai Taxis consider offering check-in facilities for airports

Passengers travelling from Dubai Airports could soon be offered a new check-in service as part of their taxi journey to the airport.

Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) and the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) are considering offering a new service enabling customers who travel to either Dubai International (DXB) or Al Maktoum International (DWC) by taxi to have their airport check-in procedures finalised during their taxi ride.

The service, which is being coordinated with Dubai Airports, is intended to speed-up the check-in times at the airport, with a boarding pass issued by the taxi driver.

“Under the initiative, the DTC will facilitate the check-in formalities when a taxicab is ordered by a traveller to be lifted from home or place of work,” Ahmed Khalfan Al Suwaidi, CEO of the DTC, explained.

“The vehicle dispatched will be fitted with the equipment required to complete the check-in procedure, such as a scale for checking the weight of the luggage, issuing the luggage tag, and printing the boarding pass. The vehicle will then lift the passenger and the luggage to the airport where the traveller will only need to go to the Gate for boarding,” he added.

Al Suwaidi said the idea, which is a brainchild of Abdulla Al Meer, director of business development, would be unprecedented in any airport or taxi operator worldwide.

He said all authorities are currently reviewing the requirements to assess its implementation.

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