With world class on board service, Emirates were founded in 1959 by the Dubai Government with just 5 ground-staff managing what is now the spectacular Dubai International Airport. From these small beginnings, Emirates grew to become one of the top ten carriers in the world in terms of passenger distance traveled. Today it operates over 3,600 flights per week from Dubai and takes travelers to more than 140 destinations in 70 countries around the globe. Emirates are undoubtedly one of the largest and most eminent airlines in the Middle East.

*Information on this page is correct as of March 2017

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Why Fly with Emirates

How to Check In

Emirates operate online, mobile and airport check-in. Online check-in can be done from 48 hours up to 90 minutes before departure. Passengers can either print their own boarding pass or pick it up on arrival at the airport. Passengers should leave additional time if this is required. Mobile check-in enables passengers to check-in, download and save their boarding pass and choose their preferred seats. If checking in bags online or via mobile, luggage must be taken to the ‘Bag Drop’ area in the airport prior to boarding. It is advised to leave 90 minutes prior to departure if dropping off bags. Those not checking in luggage can arrive up to one hour prior to take-off, although it's always recommended to arrive a little earlier just to be safe. Economy passengers wishing to check-in at the airport should allow 3 hours to do so prior to the flight departing. Boarding gates close 20 minutes before the scheduled take-off.

Baggage Allowance and Fees

Emirates allow Economy passengers one item of free cabin baggage measuring no more than 55cm x 38cm x 20cm and weighing no more than 7kg. First and Business class passengers may bring one item of cabin baggage of the same dimensions plus and an additional item such as a handbag or briefcase. How much checked baggage you are entitled to depends on your flight class and fare type. Those in Economy are allowed between 20kg to 35kg depending on the fare, so be sure to check with the airline before packing. Business Class passengers are allowed up to 40kg, while in First Class this is increased to 50kg. Be advised that no single item of baggage is allowed to exceed 32kg due to international regulations. Excess baggage charges are applicable but vary depending on the destination. Baggage allowances can also vary according to your destination, so please check with Emirates for more information.


Economy class on Emirates offers passengers an ample amount of legroom. Business class passengers can enjoy lie flat beds while those in First class are have the added luxury of a completely private suite. Seating is allocated at the time of booking but passengers can change their seats at any time, free of charge. Looking to flying on Emirates business class? We give you the low-down in our Emirates Business Class guide. Alternatively, looking to compare Emirates' Business and Economy with other airlines? Check out our guide to Business class versus Economy class.

Booking Fees

Emirates do not charge for using credit or debit cards when booking flights. All fees are shown in the price of the ticket at booking stage. All on board refreshments and entertainment are included in the ticket price.


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