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Emirates will be introducing a seat selection ancillary fee, effective from October 3, 2016.

The Dubai-based carrier has confirmed a ‘minimal charge’ will be applicable to those passengers who will book a certain category of seats in the Economy Class.

In a statement to Emirates 24|7, an airline spokesperson 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.

“The charge is only applicable on Special and Saver fares in Economy Class and will vary depending on the duration of the flight.”

The seat selection charge, which start at Dh50 for short-haul flights, will see children below a certain age exempt from the fee structure, while older ones will be eligible to a 50 per cent discount on the additional fee.

The spokesperson further stated: “Children below the age of two and accompanying passengers on the same booking will be exempted from the fee.

“This charge is also not applicable once online check-in opens, which is 48 hours before flight departure. At this stage, seat selection is free.”

According to the detailed fee structure, short haul flights between Dubai and the GCC, the Middle East, West Asia and Indian Ocean will cost Dh50 for your preferred seat of choice.

Medium haul flights between Dubai and Europe, Far East and Africa is Dh100.

Long haul flights between Dubai and the Americas, Australia and New Zealand is Dh150.

5th Freedom flight, a sector where Emirates flies between two foreign countries such as Singapore-Melbourne, New York-Milan, will range between Dh50 and Dh100.