Emirates’ on Monday inaugurated its first remote check-in terminal - outside of the airport - to provide seamless connections for cruise passengers.
Located at Port Rashid in Dubai, the Emirates check-in counters will allow passengers who are disembarking from their cruise ships to check in for their onward Emirates flight at the same facility, says a press statement received on Tuesday.
Mohammed Mattar, divisional senior vice president of Emirates Airport Services, said: “Our first remote check-in facility at Port Rashid will allow cruise passengers with onward flights the freedom to explore Dubai during their short transit having dropped their luggage and completed check-in formalities.”
The Emirates check-in facility has eight counters where its staffers check-in customers’ luggage and issue boarding passes up to 4 hours before flight departure. The facility will remain open during the sailing period from October to April, added the statement.
In the next 6 months, 198 cruise ships are expected to dock at Port Rashid where approximately 280,000 passengers will have onward Emirates flights.
The new service complements home check-in, launched last year, which allows Emirates passengers to check in for their flights from anywhere in Dubai for a fee.
For Emirates passengers arriving in Dubai, there is a luggage storage facility for those who wish to leave their bags and explore the city. Emirates also offers a Home Delivery service where luggage is retrieved, cleared at customs and delivered to the customers for a hassle free travel experience.