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Etihad Airways introduces ‘Home Check-in’

Etihad Airways has announced that passengers in Abu Dhabi can now check-in for their flight from the comfort of their homes.

The national airline of United Arab Emirates has partnered with DUBZ, powered by Dnata, the region’s first specialised off-airport solutions provider, ‘making it easier for passengers to check in their bags, pick their seat and collect their boarding pass and luggage tags from their home in Abu Dhabi.’

Procedure

In order to check-in from home in Abu Dhabi, passengers will need to visit etihad.com/homecheckin. The booking needs to be done at least 7 hours before the flight. The check-in agents will arrive at the location booked at the chosen time, between 8am and 8pm.

The agent will check the travel documents, complete the check in process and collect the bags. Etihad notes that the seat selection can also be done at the same time and extra baggage allowance can be purchased if required. Passengers who want to board the flight early and receive their luggage first can add Priority Boarding and Priority Bag Tags for an additional fee.

Once at Abu Dhabi International Airport, all non-transit passengers that used the home check-in service will be able to skip the queues bag-free, ‘making the airport journey seamless’. The bags will need to be collected at the destination baggage belt.

Price

Home check-in packages start from AED 220 ($59.89) which includes up to 4 bags, irrespective of the number of guests travelling. Additional baggage pieces can be added at AED 40 ($10.89) per piece. Bag disinfection can also be added at a set price. Passengers living outside of Abu Dhabi can also book home check-in for an additional fee.

John Wright, Vice President Global Airport, Network & Cargo Operations, Etihad Airways said:

Etihad is continuously looking to enhance the travel experience and with this latest initiative, the airline is giving guests more convenient travel options. Especially during the Covid pandemic, the home check-in service also limits human interaction at the airport as guests are able to head straight to immigration and avoid long lines at the airport.

Omar Abou Faraj, Chief Executive Officer, DUBZ powered by dnata said:

We are thrilled to be partnering with Etihad to offer travellers our popular home check-in services in Abu Dhabi. Our innovative service will provide complete peace of mind and more mobility to Etihad customers, helping them enjoy a smooth and safe travel experience during and after the pandemic.

Etihad Airways also states that at-home COVID-19 PCR tests are also available when booking any home check-in packages. A certified nurse from LifeDx, Etihad’s medical partner, will conduct the test and results will be received by email and SMS between 24 to 48 hours.

For more information, visit etihad.com/homecheckin.

Featured image by Etihad Airways

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