Emirates Lets Customers Buy Empty Adjacent Seats

The Dubai-based carrier’s newest seating option encourages social distancing and promises more space.

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Economy-class passengers aboard any Emirates flight now have the chance to purchase up to three empty adjoining seats at the airport check-in counter prior to departure. The new offering is available for all those in economy who hold a confirmed booking, and prices range from AED 200 to AED 600 (US$55 to US$165) per extra seat plus taxes according to flight sector; these cannot be prebooked as they are subject to availability.

Emirates said the initiative was introduced in response to customer feedback, and added that it was ideal for couples seeking more privacy, parents traveling with in-lap infants desiring additional space, or anyone keen to maintain their distance from other travelers while flying during the pandemic.

For Emirates fliers, there are several other seating options in economy class to choose from. Extra Legroom seats are located in exit rows, whose occupants are subject to additional safety requirements, and Twin seats can be found in rows of two at the back of a Boeing 777 aircraft or the upper deck of a two-class Airbus A380. Meanwhile, Preferred seats describe those in the first section of the cabin and on an A380’s upper deck. All other seats in economy class are categorized as Regular seats.

The airline is also offering generous discounts on excess baggage rates to help travelers on essential trips take home everything they need. These range from 35 percent up to 60 percent off normal rates depending on the flight sector, and must be prebooked and prepaid up to four hours before departure via emirates.com, through contact centers, or via at an Emirates sales office.

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