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Emirates Airlines prepares for 80,000 passengers on Dec 19

"Allow ample time as check-in and gate closure timings will be strictly followed to ensure flights depart on schedule"

With 240 scheduled flights on December 19, Emirates Airline will carry over 80,000 passengers en route to their Christmas holiday destinations, according to the Dubai carrier.

As holidaymakers travel both with in the country and abroad on vacation, the airline believes this week will be their busiest of the year.

With Bangkok, London, Mumbai and Paris set to be amongst the most popular destinations this year, flights this Friday (December 19) will be up 23 per cent on last year. However, this figure is not a real indicator of growth in annual traffic as the date falls on the weekend this year, as opposed to 2013 when it fell on a Thursday.

Mohammed H. Mattar, divisional senior vice president, Emirates Airport Services, told WAM: “With record-breaking numbers of passengers flying with Emirates this week, it is our mission to make the journey as seamless and trouble-free as possible. We have deployed extra staff at the airport to assist our customers, and we ask all travellers to be aware of check-in and gate closure timings.”

Mattar also advised passengers travelling on Friday to “Allow ample time to get through the various touch-points at the airport, as check-in and gate closure timings will be strictly followed to ensure flights depart on schedule. Customers who wish to experience the excellent facilities in the airport, such as duty-free shops and restaurants, as well as our well-appointed lounges for premium passengers, are also advised to factor in extra time into their travel plans.”

Emirates operates over 1,600 weekly flights from Dubai International Airport’s (DXB) Terminal 3.