Luggage transfer at Dubai Airport
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Jul 23, 2012 11:50 AM Last Post By: dxb1969
Jun 7, 2012 7:32 AM
Luggage transfer at Dubai AirportI will be travelling in august from addis ababa to singapore through dubai. Addis to dubai on flydubai and dubai to singapore on qatar, would I be able to check my luggage through without transferring the luggage in Dubai?. I need a visa to clear immigration, but the visa is costly and the transit time is only 3-4 hours. Thank u for the help.
Jun 7, 2012 10:11 AM
1So the routing is ADD-DXB-DOH-SIN? It all depends on your ticket.
If the FlyDubai and Qatar flights are both on the same ticket, then the check-in agent at ADD will through check your bags to Singapore and issue boarding passes for all flights.
However, it's more likely that you will have 2 separate tickets - 1 for flyDubai and 1 for Qatar. If so, then the bags will only be checked through to Dubai. The procedure is explained on the flyDubai web site below. Upon arrival in Dubai, go to the DNATA transfer desk where the agent will retrieve your bags and check you in for the Qatar Airways flight. You will not need to clear immigration so do not worry about the visa issue:
(click on 'Connecting with other airlines')
Edited by: dxb1969
Jun 8, 2012 4:14 AM
2I faced such a scenario a year ago and the baggage transfer by DNATA worked flawlessly. There's a fair bit of waiting, queuing, form-filling and you need to go to two separate counters (DNATA for the baggage, Dubai airport transfer desk for the onward boarding pass). The interesting thing is that the service is free of charge if you transfer FROM Flydubai TO another airline. However, in the opposite direction (my return flight) you have to pay! I don't remember how much the fee was, but it was a substantial amount.
Jun 9, 2012 8:40 AM
3Excellent info. DNATA is Dubai AirPort Transfer Desk ?. Thank U
Jun 9, 2012 10:12 AM
4DNATA is the name of the ground handling company which handles check-in and baggage for most airlines at Dubai airport.
Jun 26, 2012 5:32 AM
Jun 26, 2012 7:14 AM
6Are you eligible for a UAE visa on arrival? If so, then simply clear immigration, collect your bags, go to the other terminal and check-in with the other airline.
if you are not eligible for a UAE visa on arrival, then upon arrival go to the transfer desk and show them your ticket. They will arrange to collect your bag and transfer it to the other airline. Normally there is no charge for this but it does sometimes depend on the airline you are connecting to.
Jul 23, 2012 2:34 AM
7Hi DXB1969, I guess I can get visa on Arrival, but I will be with family, so it will be an unnecessary hassle to cross over immigration, collect luggage, and re-check in. Thanks for the info that transfer desk will arrange to collect my bag and transfer to other airline. Regarding charges, I never got a clear cut answer from anyone - DNATA, EMIRATES, etc. But it appears that there won't be any charges. I am connecting to Indigo Airlines to India.
Jul 23, 2012 11:50 AM
8I'm fairly sure you will be fine using the transfer desk and I'd be very surprised if they charged you. I am certainly not aware of Emirates or DNATA making any charge for this. Just FYI, Emirates uses Terminal 3 and Indigo uses Terminal 2, which means using the transfer desk would be much better, as if you go through immigration you then have to make your own way to Terminal 2. This would require a taxi ride of about 6 km as terminal 2 is on the opposite side of the airport to terminal 3.
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