E-registration begins for all passengers at Abu Dhabi airport

Travellers are being told to arrive at airport at least three hours before flight as new scheme coincides with Eid Al Fitr and school holidays.

Smart Travel was launched in March to enhance the passenger experience by decreasing processing times at the airport by up to 70 per cent. Christopher Pike / The National
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ABU DHABI // Registration of passports for electronic use to improve passenger flow at Abu Dhabi International Airport is now compulsory.

The anouncement came as about 85,000 people were expected to depart from the airport during the Eid Al Fitr holiday, which starts next Sunday.

Abu Dhabi Airports said tens of thousands of travellers were expected this week as school holidays start.

July 6, 10 and 11 were forecast to be the airport’s busiest days.

E-registration counters in the check-in areas have been set up for travellers to register their travel documents as they wait.

Abu Dhabi Airports has urged passengers to reach the airport three hours before their flight during the busy season.

Smart Travel was launched in March to reduce by up to 70 per cent the time it takes for a passenger to clear the airport’s security checks.

Travellers with registered passports will be able to use bag drops and proceed through automated airport e-gates.