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In recent years, a number of airlines have stopped offering dedicated services for unaccompanied minors but Emirates appears to be bucking that trend with the announcement of a new Dubai lounge for the exclusive use of young passengers who are traveling solo.
Emirates young flyers lounge in Dubai
The new Emirates young flyers lounge is located next to the Emirates First Class Lounge At Dubai Airport’s Concourse B.
It’s is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week and offers its young guests everything from gaming consoles…
…to drinks and snacks…
…to free WiFi…as well as providing them with comfortable seating areas and “washrooms designed for kids”.
“Parents or guardians who have pre-booked Emirates’ Unaccompanied Minor service, can drop off their young flyers at Dubai Airport Terminal 3, where Emirates’ airport team will check them in for their flights in a special lounge area for unaccompanied minors. This facility is located in between the Economy and First/Business Class Check-in halls.
After check-in formalities are completed, one of Emirates’ friendly airport services team members will escort the young flyers through immigration and security, onward to their dedicated departure lounge in the airside concourse, and later, from the lounge to the boarding gate.”
Crucially, the lounge is not just open to kids originating in Dubai as Emirates has confirmed that young solo flyers with a connecting flight in Dubai are met by members of the Emirates ground services team and escorted to the lounge for unaccompanied minors where they can wait for their next flight.
Emirates’ services for unaccompanied minors must be booked in advance of travel and are available for children from 5 to 11 years of age, who are traveling without an adult. The service can also be booked for young travelers between 12 and 15 years old.
Coming hot on the heels of the news that British Airways is reversing course and bringing back its services for minors, it’s good to see airlines catering to families with children who need to be able to fly unaccompanied from time to time.