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Old 16th Jan 2020, 13:46
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Emirates car pickup Mumbai.

I'd like to ask a further a question on this please, subsequent to the original (now closed) thread.

As per the previous thread we have not used this service before and have booked to use the Emirates courtesy car pick up/drop off on our forthcoming return trip to India. I am told that when we arrive at Mumbai Airport from Dubai we are likely to face a sea of local faces as we get to the arrival area - many of whom will one looking to take our bags etc and walk us to a taxi. We obviously don't need this 'hassle'. Can anyone advise what the procedure is at Mumbai airport? Is there a specific location (desk?) for the Emirates courtesy car service? Will it be clearly signposted? Will we get some specific instructions from the cabin crew before we get off the aircraft?

I'm just trying to eliminate any unnecessary stress or local hassle after long indirect flight from London. I appreciate this will be a well worn path by others so some pointers would be much appreciated.
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Old 16th Jan 2020, 17:12
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Can't speak for Mumbai but at Bangkok you are greeted with a similar sea of faces at all the arrival gates, most of them waving placards and shouting names so the scope for confusion is great. What I did on my last arrival at BKK was to march up to the information desk in the Arrivals area and ask 'where is Emirate limo pickup?'. The guy knew; problem solved. (in fact the Emirates drivers were all hanging around the gate that the Emirates passengers DIDN'T exit from!)

To answer your specific questions - If there is a specific desk, I doubt if it will be signposted. You will not get any specific instructions from the cabin crew. You are on your own I'm afraid.
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Old 16th Jan 2020, 18:20
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Can't speak for Mumbai but at Bangkok you are greeted with a similar sea of faces at all the arrival gates, most of them waving placards and shouting names so the scope for confusion is great. What I did on my last arrival at BKK was to march up to the information desk in the Arrivals area and ask 'where is Emirate limo pickup?'. The guy knew; problem solved. (in fact the Emirates drivers were all hanging around the gate that the Emirates passengers DIDN'T exit from!)

To answer your specific questions - If there is a specific desk, I doubt if it will be signposted. You will not get any specific instructions from the cabin crew. You are on your own I'm afraid.
Thanks for that. So if I’m lucky the Emirates drivers should be hanging around the arrivals gate where we exit. If they are, are they likely to be holding up signs with individual names or is there some sort of system?
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"is there some sort of system?"

It's Mumbai - the system is there is no system - hang onto your luggage as everyone will try and "help" you to their particular taxi..............
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Old 16th Jan 2020, 18:54
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"is there some sort of system?"

It's Mumbai - the system is there is no system - hang onto your luggage as everyone will try and "help" you to their particular taxi..............
It’s that that I am trying to avoid, hence my original post! But out of interest, how “safe’ would the local taxis be?
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Old 16th Jan 2020, 20:15
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Originally Posted by yellowtriumph View Post
I'd like to ask a further a question on this please, subsequent to the original (now closed) thread.

As per the previous thread we have not used this service before and have booked to use the Emirates courtesy car pick up/drop off on our forthcoming return trip to India. I am told that when we arrive at Mumbai Airport from Dubai we are likely to face a sea of local faces as we get to the arrival area - many of whom will one looking to take our bags etc and walk us to a taxi. We obviously don't need this 'hassle'. Can anyone advise what the procedure is at Mumbai airport? Is there a specific location (desk?) for the Emirates courtesy car service? Will it be clearly signposted? Will we get some specific instructions from the cabin crew before we get off the aircraft?

I'm just trying to eliminate any unnecessary stress or local hassle after long indirect flight from London. I appreciate this will be a well worn path by others so some pointers would be much appreciated.
Try this link https://www.executivetraveller.com/
There is a Community Forum link on the home page that will most certainly answer your question.
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Old 17th Jan 2020, 02:25
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Sorry, I'm a bit confused - why don't you explain your concerns to Emirates and ask them if / how they can make themselves clear to you when you arrive - even if you are so worried to arrange to meet you directly as you come out of customs - you are paying them for the service? Mumbai is a newish airport and compared to some in South Asia not too bad at all.
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Old 17th Jan 2020, 08:28
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Originally Posted by yellowtriumph View Post
It’s that that I am trying to avoid, hence my original post! But out of interest, how “safe’ would the local taxis be?

Not to bad TBH - if the cab looks in reasonable shape - - its a reasonable job to have locally so isn't as bad as many places
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Old 17th Jan 2020, 11:04
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Sorry, I'm a bit confused - why don't you explain your concerns to Emirates and ask them if / how they can make themselves clear to you when you arrive - even if you are so worried to arrange to meet you directly as you come out of customs - you are paying them for the service? Mumbai is a newish airport and compared to some in South Asia not too bad at all.
I have already had an echat with Emirates about this, there was talk of SMS messages when we land but it was all a bit vague to say the least. I guess we will have to have a registered mobile phone switched on as soon as we land. I take heart that we must be going down a well worn route and it must all ‘work’ on a day to day basis.
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