Free no more: Emirates to charge for advance seat selection

The new charges to pick your own seat in Economy ahead of time on Emirates airlines range from $15 for short-haul flights from Dubai to $40 for long-haul destinations such as the US, Canada and Australia. (File photo: Shutterstock)

The Mideast’s biggest airline, which touts luxuries like onboard showers and an extensive movie selection, is adding something a bit more down-to-earth for those in the back of the plane: charges to pick your own seat ahead of time.

Dubai-based Emirates said on Tuesday that the new fees will apply to its two lowest fare categories of economy-class seats on tickets issued after October 3.

The change brings Emirates in line with what many other international carriers have done for years, generating a new revenue stream for the government-owned airline.

The new fees range from $15 for short-haul flights from Dubai to $40 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.
 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49
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