Emi­rates con­firms fees to choose early seats

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Emi­rates Air­line has con­firmed it is charg­ing econ­omy pas­sen­gers to re­serve their seats ahead of time. In an an­nounce­ment on Monday the Dubai-based air­line said the fees ap­ply­ing to its two low­est fare econ­omy class seats will come into ef­fect from Oc­to­ber 3. The new fees range from Dhs55 for short-haul flights from Dubai to Dhs147 for long-haul des­ti­na­tions such as the US, Canada and Australia. Pick­ing seats will still be free for pas­sen­gers check­ing in on­line two days be­fore de­par­ture, the air­line said. “Emi­rates can con­firm the in­tro­duc­tion of a min­i­mal charge for those look­ing to se­lect their Econ­omy Class seat in ad­vance, for tick­ets is­sued on or after Oc­to­ber 3, 2016,” an Emi­rates spokesper­son said in a state­ment. “The charge is only ap­pli­ca­ble on Spe­cial and Saver fares in Econ­omy Class and will vary de­pend­ing on the du­ra­tion of the flight.” Chil­dren will be ex­empt from the fee. 7DAYS read­ers hit out at the new charges call­ing them “to­tally scan­dalous” and “pa­thetic". One reader Naz Mood said: “Pa­thetic. I’m fed up of com­pa­nies who want to charge their cus­tomers for the most ba­sic cus­tomer ser­vices and sadly this is be­com­ing more and more com­mon in the UAE. It’s sad to see such a giv­ing and gen­er­ous coun­try re­duced to the same mon­ey­grab­bing tactics used in other parts of the world.” An­other reader said: “It’s not a lot of money in the scheme of things, com­pared to the price of a ticket, but that is be­side the point. Emi­rates is not a low-bud­get air­line and classed with the likes of Ryanair, FlyBe, EasyJet etc.” Chris Lawren­son said: “Well, I’m us­ing Eti­had from now on.”

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