Emirates offers US$55 option for privacy in economy class

Economy class customers with Emirates who wish a little extra space, whether for comfort or social distancing, can now purchase up to three empty adjoining seats on their flight.

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These seats will be offered to all economy class customers holding a confirmed booking, though customers will not be able to pre-book empty seats, as they are subject to availability. Empty seats will only be offered for purchase at the airport check-in counter prior to flight departure, and costs range from AED 200 to AED 600 (US$55 to US$165) per empty seat, plus applicable taxes, depending on flight sector.

Emirates has introduced this new seat product as a result of customer feedback, which indicated that some customers are seeking extra privacy and space while still flying in economy class. This includes couples who wish to have the entire row to themselves (maximum of three seats in the same row), parents travelling with in-lap infants, or those who simply want the added assurance of more space while travelling during pandemic times.

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