Emirates Flights

This information is correct as of February 2017

Emirates is an airline based in Dubai, and is the fourth largest airline in the world in terms of passenger numbers. They offer more than three thousand flights each week to more than 140 destinations, spread across 70 countries and six continents. The airline is known for its hospitality, and Emirates business class is renowned for its luxurious little touches. The airline's award-winning frequent flyer programme, Emirates Skywards, is free to join.

Dublin Airport is currently the only Irish airport Emirates currently flies from, with flights from Dublin to Dubai departing from Terminal 2. Keep on reading to find out more about the Middle East's largest airline, or visit our blog for 10 tips for doing Dubai on the cheap.

Why fly with Emirates

How to Check In

Online check-in is available between 48 hours and 90 minutes before scheduled departure. If you check in online you have the option to print your boarding pass or download a mobile version. You can check in using Emirates' website, or their app. It's also possible to check in at the airport from three hours before to 90 minutes before scheduled departure. Boarding begins 45 minutes before the flight, and the gate closes 20 minutes before.

Baggage Allowance and Fees

Emirates hand luggage allowance: size, weight and fees

Cabin bag size: Economy: 55cm x 38cm x 20cm. Business & First class: Briefcase: 45cm x 35cm x 20cm. Handbag: 55cm x 38cm x 20cm. Garment bag: 20cm thick when folded.

Emirates hand luggage weight allowance 7 kg per piece.

Number of bags allowed on board Economy: One piece. Business & First class: Two pieces: one briefcase plus either one handbag or one garment bag.

Cost to check in oversized luggage: Costs vary based on route.

Emirates hold luggage allowance: size, weight and fees

Hold baggage size: 150 cm total dimensions.

Hold luggage weight allowance: Economy: up to 35kg. Business class: 40kg. First class: 50kg.

Number of hold bags allowed: As many as you need, within your weight allowance.

Cost of Emirates hold luggage: Free within allowance. Can pay for extra: 10% discount if purchased online.


Seats on Emirates flights are slightly larger than average, with an average seat pitch (the distance between your seat and the chair in front of you) of 32-34" in economy (and a width of 17-18"). Emirates business class passengers can expect a seat pitch of 48" (and a width of 18.5") on Airbus flights, rising to a massive 60" (width 20.5") in most business class Boeing flights.

Booking Fees

Currently there are no credit or debit card fees for Irish customers. If you're travelling on an Economy Saver ticket or Economy Special fare, you will need to pay if you want advanced seat reservation.

Service on Board

With the slogan 'expect the exceptional' for their economy offering, Emirates certainly pride themselves on their hospitality. Little luxuries in economy include gourmet meals inspired by your destination, free drinks, and a soft cosy blanket to snuggle up under. The in-flight entertainment system has up to 2,500 channels. Meanwhile, in Emirates business class, things get a big more luxurious with private booths, massage chairs, and sommelier-selected champagne.


Emirates ranked as the 32nd most punctual airline in 2016, with just over 63% of their flights arriving within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival time. But with such a luxurious in-flight experience, who wouldn't hope for a delay? None of their flights were more than one hour late, and the average delay was 17.2 minutes.


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